The claim that Flores man is a separate human species is being revived again.
Ever since the discovery of the remains in 2003, scientists have been debating whether Homo floresiensis represents a distinct Homo species, possibly originating from a dwarfed island Homo erectus population, or a pathological modern human. The small size of its brain has been argued to result from a number of diseases, most importantly from the condition known as microcephaly.
Based on the analysis of 3-D landmark data from skull surfaces, scientists from Stony Brook University New York, the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, and the University of Minnesota provide compelling support for the hypothesis that Homo floresiensis was a distinct Homo species.
Given that even fabled Neanderthal man is probably not much of a separate human species any more, you’d think … oh, wait. The basic problem is that Darwinism needs separate human species in a way that no other widely accepted theory of human origins does.
So, guess they’ll just have to keep inventing them.
But there IS progress. At least this isn’t a fraud, like Piltdown Man.
See also: Missing link still missing
Also: When you “find” him, lose him again, will you?