A short while ago a new species of human (Homo floresiensis) was discovered on the island of Flores. And it is believed that this species existed as recently as 12,000 years ago. This article on the BBC News website raises really interesting questions: If such a species is still alive somewhere in some corner, what would be the ramifications? Because of its size it has been nicknamed the Hobbit.
1) Would this species be treated as a human or an advanced chimp?
If for example this species possess the power of language then there is a strong probability that it will be treated as a form of human. And if so…
2) Would this “Hobbit” be the evolutionary crown jewel?
That would show that humans belong in the animal kingdom and that humans are really not that unique.
3) Other interesting points raised are:
If you kill a Hobbit it would be murder and if you experimented on one it would be torture. If you eat one it would be cannibalism.
Or what if the Hobbit has a form of religion or maybe just a ritual for burial? Then, I wonder, can a human marry a Hobbit?
4) And finally to quote the article:
“In theory, the existence of Mini-Man should destroy religion, but I can already hear the fanatics claiming that he has been put on earth by the Devil simply to test our faith.”