A response was issued by us when Homo floresiensis, to give it its scientific name, or Hobbit, as it was widely referred to in the media, fossils were first discovered (1). In that response we explained how the classification of Homo floresiensis as a separate species was based solely on evolutionist preconceptions, and that there were no concrete scientific criteria on which everyone agreed. The groundless nature of this “separate species” claim subsequently came to the surface, and we reported how experts from various countries of the world had, in their published reports, added their weight to the ideas that a small brain volume was insufficient grounds for Homo floresiensis to be classified as a separate species, and that the approximately 400 cc volume skull concerned could have been the result of the disease known as microcephaly, which leads to a non-fully developed brain. (2, 3)
Comparisons between microcephalic skulls belonging to Homo sapiens, or modern man, and the Homo floresiensis skull revealed very obvious similarities, and the reason for the wish to regard Flores Man as a separate species thus became more apparent: blind evolutionist belief that more than one human species must once have existed.
The program Horizon, aired on BBC Two on 22 September, 2005, introduced its audience to two more scientists who supported the microcephaly thesis with regard to Flores Man (1); Professor Bob Martin and Ann MacLarnon from Roehampton University. The researchers, who maintained that Homo floresiensis was subject to the disease microcephaly in the same way as modern human beings, supported their views with various medical findings.
Professor Martin calculated how much brain volume shrank in the event of a mammal’s physical dimensions being reduced in size. Martin based these calculations on a principle he described in these terms:
“What this law says in simple terms is that if you halve body size, brain size is only reduced by 15%… So if you halve body size you don”t halve brain size, the brain is reduced far less than that.”
He took figures for Homo erectus, to whom an ancestral role is ascribed in the claim that Flores Man is a separate species, as his basis. For this he calculated how much a Homo erectus individual 1.75 m tall and with a 990 cc brain volume could have shrunk in size. As a result he determined that 750 cc corresponded to the 1 m height of Flores Man. This, however, was far greater than the actual figure of 400 cc.
The meaning of this was that the reasons for the shrinking in the brain were not limited to a reduction in the size of the body. This strengthened the thesis that other factors, such as microcephaly, must have been involved.
In a separate study, Ann MacLarnon from Roehampton University found a microcephalic skull in the vaults of the Royal College of Surgeons in London that totally matched the dimensions of the Flores Man brain. MacLarnon explained the significance of this by saying:
“It showed that we really could demonstrate with a specimen that [microcephaly] could explain the Hobbit”s small brain.”
As we have seen, the scenario that Flores Man was a separate species is gradually disappearing in the face of the accumulation of scientific findings that oppose this. This represents a repetition of a familiar fact regarding the myth of human evolution: the species that evolutionists propose as living things between man and ape are eventually classified, in the face of the scientific evidence, into either fully human or fully ape categories, thus forcing evolutionists to remove them from the imaginary human family tree. The microcephaly thesis, further strengthened by the findings presented on the BBC Horizon program, shows that Flores Man was the result of the same process.
The human family tree consists of unscientific nonsense made up by evolutionists. They seek to keep it alive as a representation of the evolutionist world view. Yet these fossils, very few in number and widely scattered, actually provide no support for evolutionist scenarios. Neither man nor apes are random forms that evolved by chance. Both are perfect beings created by God with His infinite might and knowledge.
Reference:1- www.bbc.co.uk, “New “Hobbit” disease link claim,” 23 September 2005