Mandibular evidence supports Homo floresiensis as a distinct species

Michael Carrington Westaway, Arthur C Durband, Colin P Groves, Mark Collard

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E604-605
Number of pages2
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2015



  • Homo floresiensis
  • Liang Bua
  • LB1
  • LB6
  • Down Syndrome

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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.