The following letter appeared in todays Opelika-Auburn News:
To the editor:
Todays article on Homo floresiensis was given a very misleading headline, saying that the find challenges the theory of evolution. Such a claim is quite false, and is not supported by anything in the body of the article.
The article does say that the find may alter our understanding of human evolution, i.e., may change the prevailing views about where and in what sequence human evolution occurred; but the basic theory of evolution itself is entirely unthreatened by anything connected with the discovery.
By analogy, if scientists were to discover that, say, the great pyramid of Giza is heavier than previously thought, would you run a headline saying that the find challenges the law of gravity?
Roderick T. Long