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Authors: Zollikofer, Cristoph P. E.
Ponce de León , Marcia S.
Title: Early <i>Homo</i> from Dmanisi and its relationship to African and Asian <i>Homo erectus</i>
Date: 2007
Source: Recent Advances on Southeast Asian Paleoanthropology and Archaeology: Proceedings International Seminar on Southeast Asian Paleoanthropology
Place of Publication: Yogyakarta
Publisher: Laboratory of Bioanthropology and Paleoanthropology, Faculty of Medicine, Gadja Mada University
Notes: Held July 23-25, 2007 Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Abstract: <p>The Plio-Pleistocene of Dmanisi (Georgia) has yielded an exceptionally well-preserved and morphologically diverse sample of cranial and postcranial remains of early <i>Homo</i> within a rich archeological and faunal context. This unique ensemble offers new comparative perspectives on the origin and dispersal of our own genus in Africa and Asia. Here we ask how patterns of morphological diversity within the Dmanisi paleopopulation, and between Dmanisi and African/Asian <i>H. erectus</i>, are related to processes of hominin phylogeography. Variation in size and shape within the Dmanisi sample is considerable and, like in modern human populations, a large proportion of it can be related to variation in basic developmental processes. This perspective has several implications for the interpretation of <i> H erectus sensu lato</i>: (1) at its lower (Plio-Pleistocene) boundary, separation from early <i>Homo</i> (<i>cf. habilis</i>) becomes increasingly difficult
(2) during the Pleistocene, links between Dmanisi and East Asian forms are probably closer than with Africa
(3) at its upper boundary (Pleisto-Holocene), <i>H. floresiensis</i> is plausible as a pedomorphic dwarf form.
Date Created: 4/7/2008
Editors: Indriati, Etty
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