although I would like to see where they will fit floresiensis.
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Homo erectus island adapted(dwarfism), I would have thought. The only problem with that is how did they get there as erectus wasn't thought to have the know how for sea voyages. Then again, floresiensis has a brain that appears too small for stone tool use, yet these were found with the bones. I suspect we've way more stuff to find out about our ancestors, direct or otherwise. I also suspect a lot of the current theories are going to be overturned in the future.
It appears they may have used fallen trees as rafts, and I am not sure that brain size determins the use of tools. Chimps have small brains yet we know they use tools.
Also the local myths and stories would appear to support their existence and use of wepons and tools for hunting.
No comparison really. Chimps don't make hand axes. When an animal with the small brain size of floresiensis apears to make tools that current theories say require a much bigger brain, that kinda shakes things up a bit.
Very true. What's even cooler is that the local myths have them dying out much later or indeed surviving in deep forest pockets even today.