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Giant storks may have fed on real-life hobbits

Bones of small humans and giant birds, found together, tell chilling tale

By Charles Q. Choi

In the “Lord of the Rings” books, hobbits were rescued by giant eagles, but real-life hobbits might have been hunted by giant storks, scientists find.

The fossil remains of what may have been a hobbit-like species of human were discovered in 2003 at the Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. In that cave, scientists also unearthed a large number of bird fossils — including 20,000- to 50,000-year-old wing and leg bones from what appears to have been a stork nearly 6 feet tall (1.8 meters).


Mr. Frodo Sir?

Oh No..


(Somebody get some clothes on that hobbit, now!)


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21 responses to this post.

  1. oh yeah! I saw a special about them on Nat Geo BUT they didn’t mention the honking HUGE storks, they must not have found them. I think I remember learning that the scientists can’t agree on whether the bones they found were examples of an entire species or whether they are pygmy’s of that species. They did a DNA test of the indigenous people (who are naturally really short) to compare, but the results were inconclusive if I’m remembering right.


  2. Current thinking is that the hobbits weren’t our species but a different kind of people. And probably a tough people, going up against birds twice their size! Geese are scary enough, I can’t imagine them being taller than me. They must have literally carried off the children.


  3. Oh, gosh, that’s just scary. If that bird wanted to he could turn the little hobbity guy into an hors-d’oeuvre…just wham that beak into his head and eat him like a Vienna sausage on a toothpick. (not that I’ve ever actually eaten one of those).

    Gotta find out more about this.
    Imagine the EGGS!!!!!


  4. We often talk about how scary it would be if our chickens were huge. They are quite the predators!

    No thanks to giant chickens OR storks!!!


    • Posted by geologywoman on December 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm

      Yep…dinosaurs, they are. Our parrot enjoys a boiled egg and chicken leg bones when we have them ourselves. My son said there was something wrong with that. LOL!


      • Our chickens find baby birds that have fallen out of nests in the spring and run around the yard fighting over them. Or baby mice. It’s a bit disconcerting to see them playing tug o’war with a body.


  5. Posted by Boston Margy on December 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    So, that’s what happened to Middle Earth! And here I thought all along the hobbits won.


  6. Posted by geologywoman on December 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    When my son and I were out west in the desert, one of the hieroglyphs pictured a big bird with a man dangling in pain from its beak. (I photographed it and hung it on the wall next to our parrot)


  7. Posted by geologywoman on December 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Where is the man’s schlong? They left that out. Perhaps the bird ate it…


  8. Posted by aubrey on December 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I love birds – the big ones especially, the ones that blot out the sky…no matter how many people they have rumbling in their stomachs.

    I remember seeing a photo of a heron flying – its wing structure was positively prehisotric.


    • I always get a primeval thrill when a heron or a sandhill crane flies over. It’s a similar feeling to that awe while watching an eclipse or a comet in the sky, too! Cool!


  9. Very interesting, but scary too.


  10. Creepy. The Tidbit Hobbits.


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