The Primitive Wrist of Homo floresiensis and Its Implications for Hominin Evolution

  title={The Primitive Wrist of Homo floresiensis and Its Implications for Hominin Evolution},
  author={M. Tocheri and C. Orr and S. Larson and T. Sutikna and Jatmiko and E. W. Saptomo and R. A. Due and T. Djubiantono and M. Morwood and W. Jungers},
  pages={1743 - 1745}
  • M. Tocheri, C. Orr, +7 authors W. Jungers
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Whether the Late Pleistocene hominin fossils from Flores, Indonesia, represent a new species, Homo floresiensis, or pathological modern humans has been debated. Analysis of three wrist bones from the holotype specimen (LB1) shows that it retains wrist morphology that is primitive for the African ape-human clade. In contrast, Neandertals and modern humans share derived wrist morphology that forms during embryogenesis, which diminishes the probability that pathology could result in the normal… CONTINUE READING
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