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10 Weird Facts About Evolution

April 11, 2014, 2:30 PM

Did you know that hobbits were real? Well, a species that shared similar traits with hobbits existed here on Earth (not just Middle Earth) 18,000 years ago. The one-yard tall Homo floresiensis lived on the Indonesian island of Flores, and the most recent of its species lived 12,000 years ago. 

That's just one of the weird facts about evolution that puts our fast-paced, digitally driven lives into perspective. So relax, find a tree to hang out in, like your ancestors did, and watch this video on your mobile device to combine the best of the old, old world and new: 

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