An extinct species or form of diminutive hominin known from a skull and other fossil remains found on Flores Island, Indonesia, dating from about 95,000 to 17,000 years ago. It has been nicknamed the Hobbit, or Flores man. Although it has been suggested that the bones are those of modern humans with a pathological condition such as microcephaly, most scientists believe that they represent a hominin species descended either from Homo erectus or from an earlier species of Homo.
Origin of Homo floresiensis
New Latin Homō floresiēnsis species name
Latin homō man
; see Homo
. New Latin floresiēnsis of Flores
Homo floresiensis m
- A taxonomic species within the genus Homo "” extinct recent species of man, of short stature.
New Latin, from Latin homo (“man") + Flores, the Indonesian island on which Homo floresiensis was discovered.