A detailed consideration of the mechanism and events surrounding Oompa-Loompa speciation

Sarah Hume


Previous work established Willy Wonka’s factory workers, the Oompa-Loompas, as a distinct hominin species. The events surrounding the speciation of Homo loompis are investigated here, with key consideration given to evidence for a peripatric (founder population) speciation. There is significant support for Oompa-Loompas having undergone a prolonged period of isolation. Their exact placement in the hominin clade is then considered, with a determination that despite physical differences, mainly stature, Oompa-Loompas may be our closest relatives.


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

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