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The discovery of remains belonging to a new, short-statured, human-like species has caused a stir among anthropologists because of several important characteristics it shares with modern humans. The new species is named Homo floresiensis, after the Indonesian island (Flores Island), east of Java, where the skeleton of a three-foot tall adult female was discovered.
NASA’s Aqua satellite took this image of Japan’s Sendai region on February 26, 2011. The satellite’s MODIS, or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument. Compare both slides to view the extent of flooding caused by the tsunamis triggered by the March 11 earthquake.