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New stories about some old fossils

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"LB1 skull" by Ray from Queens, USA - LB1 skullUploaded by FunkMonk. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://bit.ly/1lI78d1

Few recent stories about the so-called "hobbit" fossils have disclosed their long backstory, Tabitha M. Powledge writes: "Most news stories treated the new studies as an entirely novel and startling bolt from the blue. I know I should probably cut today's journalists a bit of slack because they are operating under frantic constraints of time and space. But it's distressing that hardly any bothered with the dead-simple step of googling LB1's history. Or even Wikipedia."