Henneberg et al. (1) and Eckhardt et al. (2) present another pathology-based alternative to the hypothesis that the “hobbit” fossils from Liang Bua, Indonesia, represent a distinct hominin species, Homo floresiensis. They contend that the Liang Bua specimens are the remains of small-bodied humans and that the noteworthy features of the most complete specimen, LB1, are a consequence of Down syndrome (DS). Here, we show that the available mandibular evidence does not support these claims.
- Homo floresiensis
- Liang Bua
- Down Syndrome
Westaway, M. C., Durband, A. C., Groves, C. P., & Collard, M. (2015). Mandibular evidence supports Homo floresiensis as a distinct species. PNAS, 112(7), E604-605. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1418997112