Scientist established the extinct “hobbits” are not an early form of modern man, as it was first thought, but another species.
The bones of Homo floresiensis were found in 2003 on the Indonesian island of Flores where it was named after.
A bone study by the Australian National University discovered Homo floresiensis were related to Homo habilis. Homo habilis is an older ancestor of man and lived in Africa 1.75 million years ago.
They were only 3ft 6in tall and resembled hobbits.
Team member Dr Debbie Argue said: “Homo floresiensis was likely a sister species of Homo habilis.”
It is believed that Hobbits lived on Flores until, as recently as, 54,000 years ago and it is after modern humans arrived.
There was even the suggestion they could be linked to myths of the ebu gogo or “hungry grannies”. A hairy 3ft humanoids roaming the forests into the 20th century stealing food and snatching children.
It is even thought that in remoted areas there could still be humans living who developed from Homo floresiensis.