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Peter Brown is the Australian paleoanthropologist who discovered and first described “Homo floresiensis” in 2003. He will give a slide lecture entitled “A Revolution in Evolution: Discovery, Story, and Implications of Homo Floresiensis–The Hobbits.” “Homo floresiensis,” human skeletal remains found on the Indonesian island of Flores, have been called “hobbit people” because of their small size. The original skeleton, a female, stood just 36 inches in height and weighed only 55 pounds at the time of her death 18,000 years ago. Brown and his team members speculate that the hobbit and her peers evolved from a normal-size, island-hopping Homo erectus population that reached Flores around 840,000 years ago. Peter Brown is a professor of anthropology at the University of New England, Australia. He teaches courses in human evolution, forensic anthropology, and paleoanthropology.

The UO Channel presents a conversation with Peter Brown on UO Today, curteousy of the Oregon Humanities Center.