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Little Big Game Hunters?
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Near the spot where archaeologists found the bones of Homo floresiensis, they unearthed flaked stone points among the remains of a stegodont—an extinct relative of the elephant, which could weigh 800 pounds (400 kilograms). The points probably served as spearheads, indicating that these diminutive early ancestors were both sophisticated toolmakers and savvy hunters, says Mike Morwood, the Australian archaeologist who co-directed the dig on Flores with Radien Soejono of the Indonesian Centre for Archaeology. Since Homo floresiensis were about as small as modern three-year-olds, says Morwood, "hunting, butchering, and carrying dismembered carcasses of stegodonts back to their cave must have been a communal activity."

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome 64
Lens: Nikkor 28-70mm, f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: Half a second @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Hot and sunny
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten

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