Homo floresiensis and the African Oldowan

  • Mark W. Moore
  • Adam Brumm
Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)


The small-bodied hominin Homo floresiensis was recently identified at Liang Bua, Flores, Indonesia. Some researchers have argued that H. floresiensis represents pathological individuals from a behaviorally modern Homo sapiens population, arguing in part that the stone-tools found in association are too “advanced” to have been manufactured by a nonmodern hominin. Here we show that the Pleistocene stone-tools from Flores, including Liang Bua, are technologically and morphologically similar to the 1.2–1.9 Mya Oldowan/Developed Oldowan tools from Olduvai Gorge in Africa. The Pleistocene lithic technology on Flores was therefore within the capabilities of small-brained, nonmodern hominins.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark W. Moore
    • 1
  • Adam Brumm
    • 2
  1. 1.Archaeology and PalaeoanthropologyUniversity of New England, Armidale, New South WalesAustralia
  2. 2.McDonald Institute for Archaeological ResearchDowning Street, University of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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