Stony Brook University has published findings by 3-D analysis of the Homo Floresiensis. The Small skulls of hominins were discovered in 2003 within a cave on the island of Flores, Indonesia. The discovery begged the question, was this species’ dwarfism pathological or were they descended from a dwarfed Homo species?
From the press release:
STONY BROOK, N.Y., July 10, 2013 – Ever since the discovery of the remains in 2003, scientists have been debating whether Homo floresiensis represents a distinct Homo species, possibly originating from a dwarfed island Homo erectus population, or a pathological modern human. The small size of its brain has been argued to result from a number of diseases, most importantly from the condition known as microcephaly.
Based on the analysis of 3-D landmark data from skull surfaces, scientists from Stony Brook University New York, the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, and the University of Minnesota provide compelling support for the hypothesis that Homo floresiensis was a distinct Homo species.
The study, titled “Homo floresiensis contextualized: a geometric morphometric comparative analysis of fossil and pathological human samples,” is published in the July 10 edition of PLOS ONE.
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