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Scientists Discover Species of Small Early Humans

Scientists discover fossils of a new species of early human on the Indonesian island of Flores. Like the Neanderthals, it is an alternate human line that disappeared. The creatures were surprisingly small -- no more than a meter tall, with heads the size of a grapefruit. NPR's Christopher Joyce reports.

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Christopher Joyce is a correspondent on the science desk at NPR. His stories can be heard on all of NPR's news programs, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.