You mean the Hobbit has cousins down south?

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Mike Morwood, one of the discoverers of the Flores hobbit, is attempting to locate more dimunitive humans in Australia’s Northern Territory – but are there really hobbits to be found, or is this just a mountain out of a molehill?

Mike Morwood, Northern Territory News, 27 May 2008

Hobbit relative ‘live in NT’
Northern Territory News, 27 May 2008
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Migration in Southeast Asia: It's the other way around!

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New genetic-level studies on Southeast Asian populations throw up new ideas about how humans migrated and populated this region – it may well turn out that the Austronesian expansion wasn’t as big a deal as it was made out to be.

New Research Forces U-turn In Population Migration Theory
Science Daily, 26 May 2008
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International Conference on Srivijaya Civilization, July 16 – 19, 2008

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From the Palembang Centre for Archaeology:

It is the general assumption that Srivijaya was an powerful maritime kingdom that played an important role in the political forum in early Southeast Asia for many centuries, from 7th century to the end of 13th century AD. Just as its sudden appearance not very much is known of its decline, for that matter, the extent of this hegemony especially in Insular Southeast Asia during the height of its power. It influenced many social aspects in the region at that time, such as history of political life, beliefs, culture and economy.
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