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Primates follow the 'island rule': implications for interpreting Homo floresiensis

Bromham, Lindell; Cardillo, Marcel

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When the diminutive skeleton of Homo floresiensis was found on the Indonesian island of Flores, it was interpreted as an island dwarf, conforming to the 'island rule' that large animals evolve smaller size on islands, but small animals tend to get larger. However, previous studies of the island rule have not included primates, so the extent to which insular primate populations undergo size change was unknown. We use a comparative database of 39 independently derived island endemic primate...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/49943
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0113

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