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A Deepening Mystery
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

At the bottom of a 20-foot (six-meter) shaft, archaeologists Thomas Sutikna, at right, and Wahyu Saptomo gingerly probe the dirt for signs of ancient life buried on the Indonesian island of Flores. They are part of a joint Australian-Indonesian team that, after four years of digging in a cave called Liang Bua, announced the stunning discovery of a skeleton and other remains belonging to a previously unknown human species. Called Homo floresiensis, the hominins inhabited the island as recently as 13,000 years ago and stood only about three feet (one meter) tall.



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Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome 64
Lens: 16mm fisheye
Speed and F-Stop: Half a second @ f/5.6

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

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