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Lord of the Rings Fans Listen Up: Hobbits May Have Been Real

Wow, is this the most magical week ever or what? On Monday, we were hit with the life changing news that unicorns may have been REAL, and now we’re coming at you with more exciting finds about your favorite Middle-Earth creatures. Back in 2003, a new species called Homo floresiensis was discovered in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. The species’ small stature (they were only about three feet tall) and hairy bods led them to be nicknamed “Hobbits.” And as it turns out, our ancestors may have met them… and then killed them.


Initially when Homo floresiensis were discovered, they were thought to be about 12,000 to 95,000 years old. That time frame suggested a substantial overlap between the Hobbit-like creatures and Homo sapiens (us). It was then thought that our survival-minded species must have killed them off. Noooo, not Frodo!

However, according to a new study published Wednesday in Nature, that may have been a false finding. It’s looking more likely that they died out about 60,000 years ago. That would still create an overlap in existence, but a must less drastic one. Matt Tocheri, the co-author of the study recently told the Washington Post, “The overlap does point to the possibility that our species may well have had a hand in their disappearance.” Before you start spiting your ancestors, Tocheri warns that’s just speculation. He goes on to say, “Island populations are certainly vulnerable during fluctuations in food supply. A drought possibly related to a lowering of sea level during global ice age conditions might have contributed to the loss of population size and ultimately extinction.” For the sake of our faith in humanity, we’re going to choose to believe the latter.

What other fantasy creature are you hoping is real? Share with us on Twitter @BritandCo.

(Photo via New Line Cinema)

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)