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Australia archaeologist who led 'hobbit' discovery dies

Published on Jul 24, 2013 12:38 PM
 
This picture released by the Wollongong University on July 24, 2013, shows Australian archaeologist Professor Mike Morwood. The Australian archaeologist who rocked the science world with his discovery of a tiny new species of human known as the "hobbit" has died after a year-long battle with cancer, his university said on Wednesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP/UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG 

SYDNEY (AFP) - The Australian archaeologist who rocked the science world with his discovery of a tiny new species of human known as the "hobbit" has died after a year-long battle with cancer, his university said on Wednesday.

Dr Mike Morwood, the professor who was instrumental in the discovery of Homo floresiensis in 2003, died on Tuesday, the University of Wollongong said. He was 62.

"It was the adventure of a lifetime for Mike," long-time colleague Bert Roberts said of the revelation on the Indonesian island of Flores which shook the scientific community and the world's understanding of human evolution.

"The fact that he actually could discover a brand new species of human, I mean, how many archaeologists and anthropologists can ever do that?

 
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