Is there still Homo Floresiensis
Three hypotheses on the origin of Homo floresiensis or on its classification in human tribal history have emerged in recent years.
1. Island dwarfing of Homo erectus
The resources are limited on an island. When a group of the genus Homo erectus came to the island, selection processes worked in such a way that the individuals became smaller and smaller. Smaller great apes require less food and have a selection advantage on an island with limited food supply. Over the millennia, Homo erectus could have shrunk step by step. Logical consequence: When the body shrinks, the skull and with it the brain also shrink.
2. Own species of the genus Homo
Homo floresiensis could have developed as a separate species in Asia from Homo erectus. This would be comparable to the Neanderthal man, who is probably also a descendant of Homo erectus, only in Central Europe.
3. Pathological change in the body of Homo sapiens
The small body size together with the small brain volume has been repeatedly associated with various diseases in the past. Quite a few paleonthologists believe in a pathological change in the skeleton due to microcephaly, Laron's syndrome, endemic cretinism or Down's syndrome. A DNA analysis could provide information. However, all attempts to extract the DNA of a Homo floresiensis and examine it for hereditary diseases have so far failed.
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