Homo loompis: are Oompa-Loompas a distinct hominin species?

Sarah Hume


Oompa-Loompas work in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, where they also live, having been brought there from their previous home on the island of Loompa. Here we explore whether they can be considered a distinct hominin species. Their inclusion into the hominin clade is first established through traits and characteristics because molecular evidence is unavailable. Using the limited evidence (largely visual observations) their species status is then validated under both the phenetic and biological species concepts.


Film; Book; Genetics; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Oompa-Loompa

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