Homo floresiensis is not a malformed human, according to reports in ScienceDaily 21 April 2017 and Journal of Human Evolution doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.02.006 April 2017.
Scientists from Australia and USA have carried out the “most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis” (commonly called Hobbits), to work out where they fit in the human evolutionary tree. They concluded “Our phylogenetic results imply a long (1.75 Ma) ghost lineage for H. floresiensis, which furthermore likely originates in Africa”. Mike Lee of Flinders University Adelaide explained: “We can be 99 per cent sure it’s not related to Homo erectus and nearly 100 per cent chance it isn’t a malformed Homo sapiens”.
Editorial Comment: Some Creation Ministry and Intelligent Design groups have claimed Hobbits were deformed humans. Time for them to back off such foolish claims. When you have to invent a ghost family tree, because Hobbits were not humans of any kind, it’s time for evolutionists to give up the ghost also.
In fact, there never has been any excuse for believing Hobbits were humans. Since the original bones were found many scientists have carried out and published detailed studies of the bones, and compared them with living and extinct apes (Australopithecines). All these peer reviewed results show H. floresiensis had the brain size of a chimpanzee, a jaw like an Australopithecine (e.g. Lucy), arms like a gibbon or a monkey, hips like an Australopithecine, legs like a chimpanzee or orangutan, and long flat feet like a bonobo. Its body proportions are also Australopithecine; its estimated body mass like a chimpanzee; and brain-to-body proportions are like that of a chimpanzee or Australopithecine.
It is time for creation groups to stop aiding evolutionists by maintaining the dwarf human story, and it is time for all Hobbit fans to face facts, and stop perpetuating useless arguments or wasting further research time and money trying to prove they were human.
All our reports on the individual studies of H. floresiensis bones, with the original references, when they were first reported, can be found on http://www.creationresearch.net/ (insert “hobbit” in the search box).
Evidence News vol. 17 No. 7
3 May 2017
Creation Research Australia
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