“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Very little has been said about the dwarf people know as homo floresiensis since their discovery in a blaze of publicity in 2003. This is partly because of rumors that some of those associated with the discovery did not subscribe to the “normal” evolutionary model of humans, known as the “Out-of-Africa” model, but thought that humans could have evolved in different places in the world. It soon turned out that this small people group on the island of Flores in Indonesia were not, even by evolutionary classification, a different species. Their small stature led to their being nicknamed hobbits, after the little people in Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, the movie versions of which were showing in theaters at that time.
The latest news concentrates on the differences between the so-called hobbit people and the current tribe of dwarf people that live in Flores. It would seem that they are not closely related. Modern Flores pygmies average 7 feet 8 inches, compared with 3 feet 5 inches for the extinct hobbit people. Both people groups are, however, fully human. A recent article describes their “evolution”, but the local multiplication of mutant genes is due to geographical isolation. Neither group has “evolved” in the Darwinian understanding of the term. In addition, Flores contained other isolated animal groups, such as giant rats, pygmy elephants and giant monitor lizards. Such developments are not part of an upward march of evolutionary progress. Geographical isolation produces dead-end adaptation, not new genetic information.