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Michael John Morwood (1950–2013): rock-art archaeologist and driving force behind the 'Hobbit' discovery

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Michael John Morwood — Mike to his mates — was at heart what Australians would call a larrikin. Shaded by his battered bushman's hat on his frequent trips in the field, he wasted no time with small talk, and his quizzical stare gave him a slightly zealous demeanour. But his vision, intuition and leadership resulted in the 2003 discovery of Homo floresiensis, a species of archaic human identified from fossils found in eastern Indonesia. Given the type specimen's short stature, Morwood dubbed it 'Hobbit' after the fictional inhabitants of Middle-earth in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

Publication Date


  • 2013

Published In


Citation


  • Roberts, R. G. & Sutikna, T. (2013). Michael John Morwood (1950–2013): rock-art archaeologist and driving force behind the ''Hobbit'' discovery. Nature, 500 (7463), 401-401.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84886550496

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1047

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 401

End Page


  • 401

Volume


  • 500

Issue


  • 7463

Abstract


  • Michael John Morwood — Mike to his mates — was at heart what Australians would call a larrikin. Shaded by his battered bushman's hat on his frequent trips in the field, he wasted no time with small talk, and his quizzical stare gave him a slightly zealous demeanour. But his vision, intuition and leadership resulted in the 2003 discovery of Homo floresiensis, a species of archaic human identified from fossils found in eastern Indonesia. Given the type specimen's short stature, Morwood dubbed it 'Hobbit' after the fictional inhabitants of Middle-earth in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

Publication Date


  • 2013

Published In


Citation


  • Roberts, R. G. & Sutikna, T. (2013). Michael John Morwood (1950–2013): rock-art archaeologist and driving force behind the ''Hobbit'' discovery. Nature, 500 (7463), 401-401.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84886550496

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1047

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 401

End Page


  • 401

Volume


  • 500

Issue


  • 7463