Van den Bergh and fellow archaeologist Adam Brumm, lead authors of the two papers, unearthed a fragment of jaw and six teeth belonging to three different individuals from the soil layers of Mata Menge, an area about 70km east of Liang Bua, where the original H. floresiensis fossils were discovered in 2003. These hominin remains very much resemble those of the Flores hobbits, but are 700,000 years old, much older than when H. floresiensis was romping around the island, which was about 100,000 years ago. "It was totally unexpected," reflected van den Bergh in the *Nature *podcast. "The layers we were digging in were 600,000 years older than H. floresiensis."