Skip to main content
placeholder image

Island fauna evolution through deep time: The Flores experiment

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • This project aims to reveal the evolutionary patterns of insular fauna, including hominins, as exemplified by the island of Flores. Through multidisciplinary analyses of securely dated fossils, artefacts and environmental data spanning 1.4 million years, the project expects to provide a deep and broad reconstruction of faunal adaptations to insular conditions and environmental fluctuations through deep geological time. The significance of this research includes the first comprehensive testing of hypotheses associated with island dwarfing (where megafauna, over time, become smaller), and providing the first palaeo-ecological context for the only known insular hominin, Homo floresiensis.

Date/time Interval


  • 2019 - 2021

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP190100164

Local Award Id


  • 127621

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • This project aims to reveal the evolutionary patterns of insular fauna, including hominins, as exemplified by the island of Flores. Through multidisciplinary analyses of securely dated fossils, artefacts and environmental data spanning 1.4 million years, the project expects to provide a deep and broad reconstruction of faunal adaptations to insular conditions and environmental fluctuations through deep geological time. The significance of this research includes the first comprehensive testing of hypotheses associated with island dwarfing (where megafauna, over time, become smaller), and providing the first palaeo-ecological context for the only known insular hominin, Homo floresiensis.

Date/time Interval


  • 2019 - 2021

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP190100164

Local Award Id


  • 127621