Homo floresiensis

H. floresiensis has been the subject of much debate as to whether it is a separate hominin species or a pathological human. The diminutive stature and small cranial capacity of ~380cc, more akin to australopithecus, has led some paleoanthropologists to believe H. floresiensis was a pre-H. erectus population experiencing insular dwarfism on the island of Flores. Other paleoanthropologists argue that the small endocranial volume, short femora, small hands and feet, and other specific skeletal characteristics coincide with the clinical characteristics found in those with Down syndrome or Laron syndrome (a type of dwarfism).

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