A recent article suggests that Homo floresiensis existed alongside modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens). If Homo floresiensis were indeed contemporaneous to modern humans, then they could have been the sourceof local myths such as the “Ebu Gogo” and “Orang Pendek”. Cryptozoology and mythology aside, scientists are still debating whether Homo floresiensis is a species of its own or just a small population of Homo sapiens sapiens that suffered from cretinism.
If Homo floresiensis were indeed a species of their own, did they evolve out of Austrolopithecine, Homo erectus or even archaic Homo sapiens?
If Homo floresiensis were actually archaic Homo sapiens suffering from cretinism, how did they survive well pass adulthood and use stone tools to hunt?
Currently there is no consensus whether Homo floresiensis were a separate species or just individuals who suffered from cretinism. What do you think?