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. 2009 Sep;140(1):177-85.
doi: 10.1002/ajpa.21066.

Brief Communication: "Pathological" Deformation in the Skull of LB1, the Type Specimen of Homo Floresiensis

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Brief Communication: "Pathological" Deformation in the Skull of LB1, the Type Specimen of Homo Floresiensis

Yousuke Kaifu et al. Am J Phys Anthropol. .

Abstract

If the holotype of Homo floresiensis, LB1, suffered from a severe developmental pathology, this could undermine its status as the holotype of a new species. One of the proposed pathological indicators that still remains untested is asymmetric distortion in the skull of LB1 (Jacob et al.: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 103 (2006) 13421-13426). Here, we present evidence that LB1 exhibits antemortem craniofacial deformities that are consistent with posterior deformational (positional) plagiocephaly. This is a relatively common condition in modern people with no serious associated health problems and does not represent a severe developmental abnormality in LB1.

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