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Homo floresiensis Foot, Articulated
KO-396-A $289.00

Articulated left foot of Homo floresiensis. A disarticulated version of the foot, as well as other H. floresiensis products can be found here.

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).

The entire lower limb skeleton of Homo floresiensis exhibits a mosaic of primitive and derived (more human-like) features, providing a glimpse of a bipedal hominin that existed on the Indonesian island of Flores some 100,000 to 18,000 years ago. Studying the morphology of the feet can provide significant insight into the evolution of bipedalism. In the case of LB1, the foot is relatively long compared to the femur and tibia, proportions not seen in hominins, but in some African apes. The foot exhibits some human-like qualities such as a non-grasping big toe, while retaining some primitive features such as long curved toes and lack of a foot arch. This would result in a walking gait not seen in modern humans. Since the foot lacks an arch, there would have been limitations in efficient running and walking. This mosaic of features has led some to theorize that the ancestry of Homo floresiensis is earlier than that of Homo erectus.

The Bone Clones® Hominid line is composed of discoveries from anatomically modern humans, archaic humans, early Homo, early hominins, and other hominids. The majority of the casts in this line have been recreated by our team of anatomical sculptors. Some are reconstructions made by anthropology professionals using fragmentary elements from original discoveries and extrapolating the missing parts from those (i.e. Neanderthal skeleton).

Scientific Name Catalogue # Size Price
Homo floresiensis KO-396-A  7" L x 3 ¼" W 18L x 8W (cm) $289.00
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Bone Clones® bag for skulls and skeletal parts, useful for carrying and storing any number of Bone Clones® products. Its roomy 12" x 18" size makes it suitable for most human, hominid, and primate skulls, as well as many other medium-sized Bone Clones®. You can even use it for transporting your natural bone skulls. The soft grey flannel offers gentle protection and the sturdy braided cord provides a secure closure. If you're unsure whether a certain product will fit, feel free to contact us to check.

Catalogue # Size Price
BA-100 12" W x 18" L $11.95
TOTAL 289.00
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