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Ref ID: 23762
Ref Type: Book Section
Authors: Tuttle, Russell H.
Mirsky, Douglas E.
Title: Beware of hobbits: the occurrence of pathology in famous fossils
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 Palaeoanthropology, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University
Notes: Held July 23-25, 2007, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Abstract: <p>Brown et al. (2004) quickly attributed the hominid skeletal remains and artifacts they discovered in September 2003 at Liang Bua Cave on Flores Island, eastern Indonesia, to a new species, <i>Homo floresiensis</i>. Soon thereafter some paleoanthropologists argued the that the type specimen (LB1) is a pathological individual of <i>Homo sapiens</i> or <i>Homo erectus</i>. With a view toward assessing conflicting interpretations of (LB1), I review the cases of select Neanderthal and earlier notable fossil hominid specimens (AL-288-1, KNM-WT 15000, Laetoli hominid footprints) that evidence pathology and the extent to which pathological traits affected their taxonomic assignments and scenarios of their behavior and places in hominid phylogenies.</p>
Date Created: 4/7/2008
Editors: Indriati, Etty
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