Bilbo Baggins’ brain bagged by boffin


Ian Holm as Bilbo – not my mental image of the old hobbit, but still …

Someone needs to launch an independent enquiry into whether Dr Bob Martin is being secretly funded by Sauron, Dark Lord of Mordor:

Scientists who argue the “hobbit” is really just a modern human with a small brain have published evidence for the first time in a major scientific journal.

Today’s issue of the journal Science carries a paper led by primate evolution expert, Dr Bob Martin of the Field Museum in Chicago.

It says Homo floresiensis is likely to have been a modern human, who suffered from microcephaly – a condition that causes a small brain.

This reignites the debate about whether the remains of the small hominid from the Indonesian island of Flores is really H. sapiens or a dwarf version of H. erectus that evolved after becoming isolated on the island, as was originally suggested.

Tiny-brained humans?   Pshaw!   Not the species that saved Middle Earth, surely.   Even the scientists who argue that hobbits are a separate species claim that they’re “dwarves”.   Don’t they realise that hobbitses and dwarves themselves  are entirely different species?   No wonder all those Republicans (and Tim Blair)  scoff at evolution and global warming.   Who could have any faith in scientists who don’t even know the difference between a human and a dwarf and a hobbit?

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Scott Wickstein
18 years ago

Even hobbits know the difference

“Of course he’s not. He’s a Baggins, not some blockheaded Bracegirdle from Halfbottle”.

I think your being unfair to us non-lefty types, Ken. We don’t scoff at evolution and global warming, we just don’t fret about them the way other people do.

18 years ago

I “scoff at evolution”?

Scott Wickstein
18 years ago

I scoff pizza myself. And donuts. And muffins. MMMMM muffins…