The hominins of Flores: Insular adaptations of the lower body


en Comptes Rendus Palevol 11 (2-3) - Pages 169-179

Published on 30 April 2012

This article is a part of the thematic issue Mainland and insular Asia: Current debates about first settlements

The fossil remains of Homo floresiensis have been debated extensively over the past few years. This paper will give a brief summary of the current debate, which can be summed up in three main competing explanations for the morphology of the type specimen: pathology, descendent of an early australopith-like hominin, or insular descendent of H. erectus . This paper will make a case for island dwarfing being the most plausible scenario, with H. erectus as the mainland ancestor. Additionally, the morphology of the pelvis and lower limbs are compared to other insular vertebrates and interpreted in terms of function and adaptation to the island environment of Flores.


Homo floresiensis, LB1, Insular dwarfing, Locomotion, Gender, Pelvis, Lower limbs

Download full article in PDF format Order a reprint