Who were the ancestors of Homo floresiensis?

    Project: Research

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    Description

    How humans evolved is one of the biggest questions in evolution. Fundamental to this, and in order to make hypotheses about human evolution, it is imperative to identify the ancestors of each species in the genus Homo and to understand their phylogenetic relationships. This project aims to identify the ancestors of H. floresiensis so that hypotheses can be made about the position of this species in human evolution. This has not been attempted to date and will tell us crucial facts about the evolution of our genus, Homo. A detailed comparison of the Liang Bua cranial, mandibular and postcranial remains will be made with potential ancestors using morphological analyses on original specimens with the aid of CT scans.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/06/1031/12/17

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$347,000.00

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