Analysis of ancient hobbit feet show they had a very different style of walking than that of modern humans.
The fossil foot examined for the new study includes hallmarks of upright walking, such as stiffness and the lack of an opposable, thumblike toe for grasping, Harcourt-Smith said.
But the foot is flat—it doesn’t have an arch, he said. Arches are key characteristics of the modern-human foot that provide a spring-like mechanism, particularly important for running.
“This creature would have had difficulty doing the long-distance running that modern humans do,” he said.