Cannibal in the Jungle, a mockumentary that premiered on Animal Planet in the early summer of 2015, is not real. Timothy Darrow and his tale of going to Indonesia to study birds and instead finding cannibalistic hobbit men is completely fake.
However, those hobbit men? They’re actually scientific fact. A fascinating fact. A little fact (cuz they’re hobbits).
Those hobbit men are actually Homo Floresiensis.
Homo Floresiensis is a now extinct branch on the human family tree (genus homo). You’ll already know about Neanderthals (homo neaderthalensis) and that we are Homo Sapiens (homo sapiens sapiens), well these little guys fit into the same family (supposedly).
Homo Floresiensis stood approximately three and a half feet tall (3.5 feet, about 1 meter)! They were hobbit men indeed! These hobbit men were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 (where the fictional Timothy Darrow was). However, the hobbit men went extinct long before Timothy Darrow ever visited! It’s thought they last lived 12,000 years ago! So you see, unless Timothy Darrow was a time traveler he wouldn’t have ever met the little things 🙁
Not much is actually know about the hobbit men, homo floresiensis, and the debate about virtually everything about them is still raging in the scientific community. I have yet to hear a single scientist suggest that homo floresiensis was cannibalistic. I believe that was a total invention on the part of Animal Planet.
Ultimately we have a lot to learn about these hobbit men and considering how long it takes for these scientist to even process a single specimen of one of our ancestors I may very well be dead before we get to hear more about them.
So to recap! Timothy Darrow is fake, there are no cannibal hobbit men in Indonesia, Homo Floresiensis went extinct long before the fake Timothy Darrow went there, but homo floresiensis did in fact exist!!!
Update – 06/08/2016
New information and further controversy over Homo Floresiensis…
The diminutive “hobbit” species, Homo floresiensis, was recently in the news because of a new analysis that suggested the species predated the arrival of modern humans to the region. But the discovery left a big unanswered question: how did the hobbit fit into the human family tree? A discovery described in today’s issue of Nature helps piece together more about the species’ history, shedding light on its ancestry and suggesting that it was present in Indonesia as early as 700,000 years ago.
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