IF LIVING HOMO FLORESIENSIS WERE TO BE FOUND WOULD THEY GO TO A SCHOOL OR A ZOO?
"The discovery of a new species of human poses exciting questions about
who we are. How would we treat this close relative if one were found
"His very existence among us would make us question all over again what
it is to be human.
We are not used to this because our ancestors successfully killed off
all our close relatives.
This has created a chasm between us and the other animals, a chasm so
big that religion went as far as to say that we are not even related to
them. Humans have souls and they do not.
Darwin put a stop to this nonsense with his theory of evolution, but
amazingly the blindingly obvious truth he discovered is still resisted
by large sections of the human population.
They stubbornly continue to insist that we are some kind of special
The arrival of "Mini-Man" is going to give them nightmares.
How can he be "semi-special"? That won't make sense. He can't very well
have a semi-soul.
So Mini-Man might just be the evolutionary jewel that, once and for
all, sets human beings firmly in the animal kingdom, where
scientifically they belong. "
Dr Richard Knight
Co-ordinator: National Information Society Learnerships - Ecological
Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Phone 27 + 21 + 959 3940
Fax 27 + 21 + 959 1237