'Hobbit' species older than thought
30 March 2016 Last updated at 21:39 BST
The diminutive human species nicknamed "the Hobbit" probably went extinct at least 50,000 years ago - not the 12,000 years ago initially thought to be the case.
The reassessment comes from further dating work at the fossil creature's discovery site on the island of Flores in Indonesia.
Prof Chris Stringer, from London's Natural History Museum, discussed Homo floresiensis with our science correspondent Jonathan Amos.