The remains of the skeleton belong to the Stone Age.
Scientists have been able to reconstruct the face of Homo floresiensis, an extinct species of man known as a hobbit.
About this writes dailymail.co.uk.
A Stone Age skeleton found in a cave on the island of Flores, Indonesia, in 2003.
The multinational team used data from modern humans and chimpanzees to draw similarities.
Brazilian graphics expert Cicero Moraes, co-author of the new study, described some of the differences between modern species and early humans.
He said: “Roughly speaking, they probably had a less prominent nose than modern men, a slightly larger mouth area than ours, and a much smaller brain volume.”
They were also much smaller in stature.
“When the skull was presented to the public in 2004, the movie “The Lord of the Rings” was a big success. Due to the fact that the height of Homo floresiensis is estimated at 1.06 meters, the nickname Hobbit is perfect,” he said.
When recreating human faces behind skulls, scientists use data from living people to determine how thick the tissue should be in one place or another.
But reconstructing the face of an extinct human species meant that scientists needed a new approach. Cicero, who will publish his research in the 3D computer graphics journal OrtogOnLineMag, said: “We took two CT scans, a human and a chimpanzee. We then deformed both to adapt to the skull structure of Homo floresiensis and interpolated the data to to get an idea of what his face might have looked like. The result was quite satisfactory, as it showed a face endowed with elements that remind us as modern men, and our evolutionary ancestors.”
At the time of discovery, Homo floresiensis was believed to be no older than 20,000 years old. However, the skeleton is now believed to be 60,000 years old.
We will remind, not so long ago scientists recreated the face of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Scientists have discovered that the pharaoh was more like a “young disciple” than a leader.