The Flores Hobbit - Homo Floresiensis or microcephalic Eastern Indonesian ?

  • Bulbeck, Francis (PI)
  • Oxenham, Marc (CoI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Description

    The aim of this project is to critically assess the status of the most important and controversial find in palaeoanthropology in recent times. The dispute surrounding Liang Bua 1, or the Flores hobbit, is polarised between the views that this skeleton represents (1) a new species of hominin, and (2) a microcephalic human dwarf. The latter possibility cannot be tested rigourously until we have suitable comparative data bases on microcephaly in human adults and on the osteology of the people of the Flores region. This project will collect the necessary data and test the hypothesis that the hobbit is a pathological modern human.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/01/0631/12/06

    Funding

    • National Geographic Society: A$2,500.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$40,000.00

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