Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 11th, 2009
Let’s take a moment to see how the image of the Hobbit is slipping into height charts with the other folks around the block. Sort of funny how these kinds of little charts makes the “normal” into the abnormal.
The modern human reminds me of FlatTop from “Dick Tracy.”
Meanwhile, the Homo erectus takes on the appearance of a Melanesian with an enormous Afro.
Or even perhaps, this harkens back to the 1860s’ style similar to the Afro that was worn by the “Circassian beauties,” sometimes known as “Moss-haired girls,” (shown below) exhibited in sideshows in America, by P.T. Barnum and others. These women were claimed to be from the Circassian people in the Northern Caucasus region, and were marketed to white audiences captivated by the “exotic East.”
So, what might the Homo floresiensis really look like if we have to rely on artists’ mixed fantasies about “different peoples”?
Also, have you noticed how often cryptozoological figures show up in these pseudo-police lineups?
Do you think someone wants to prepare us for the future dragnet of hairy hominoids via law enforcement height charts?
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