Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Gigantic Storks and Hobbits. You can't make this stuff up.
Image from NPR article linked above. Apparently, on the same island as the Homo floresienses (3 foot tall "hobbit" people), there lived some freaking massive storks, about 6 feet tall. When this was first discovered a bunch of news sources reported that these storks ate the hobbit babies, but there is really no evidence to back this up. For all we know, they may have been eaten by the hobbits, or maybe worshiped by them, or (as I prefer to think, because it's funny) perhaps even tamed so that the hobbits could have rodeos. Nobody knows. Well worth a read, and this speaks to the importance of not claiming "facts" without actual evidence to back them up.