Man of Flores Was Down syndrome? The controversy continues
A team of paleontologists reaffirms that "Little Man of Flores," a hominid, female, very small discovered in 2003 in Indonesia, is not representative of a previously unknown species, Homo floresiensis , which would have cohabited with modern humans. www.enjoycoloring.com Discrepancies found on the skeletal remains could be explained by a trisomy. The saga of the lady of Flores continues.
On 08/05/2014 at 15:45 - By Jean-Luc Goudet, Futura-Sciences
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A reconstruction of the lady of Flores performed by the visual artist Elisabeth Daynes, who has to his credit many (and great) performances hominid prehistory. © Ph. Plailly / Atelier Daynes
That controversy since the discovery in 2003 in the Liang Bua cave on the island of Flores, Indonesia, manifestly human remains. The first specimen studied, called LB1, was a woman who lived there less than 18,000 years, that is to say, in recent times, when Homo sapiens had spread everywhere and become the only hominid known, had already decorated with beautiful paintings of Lascaux.
Or the lady of Flores seems very peculiar: 1.06 m in size, less than 30 kg in weight and less than 400 cm 3 for brain , or the volume of that of a chimpanzee . The anatomical features of the best preserved skeleton show a resemblance to species oldest human, Homo habilis or H. erectus . Still, stone tools , contemporary, were found on the site.