Investigating Homo floresiensis and the myth of the ebu gogo
Imagine if the stories you once believed to be folklore turned out to be true? The tale of a tiny ravenous grandma that terrorised an Indonesian island was believed to be folklore, but when archaeologists excavated the 12,000-year-old skeleton of a human relative fitting the description, a fascinating part of our history was revealed. Writing in Aeon magazine, Paige Madison looks at where the boundaries between legend, memory, myth and science lie.
From Aeon magazine