The remains of a new species of Hobbit-sized human have beenfound in a cave on the island of Flores, an isolated islandto the east of Java. So far, the remains of eightindividuals from the new species have been uncovered. Thepartial skeleton of an adult female shows that these peoplewere about 3 feet (1m) tall and had a brain similar in sizeto a chimpanzee’s. Along with the remains, evidence of toolmaking and other modern human behavior were found at thesite. Scientists believe “Homo floresiensis” livedapproximately 18,000 years ago.

Local legends tell of hobbit-like people living on islandsin the area, but thus far there has been no evidence of them.
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Tess Livingstone writes in the Australia Courier-Mail that Australia may become our 51st state. American-born historian David Mosler says there’s a 20% chance of Australia becoming a state in the next 50 years, and chances would increase if there was an al-Qaeda attack on Australia or if nearby Indonesia becomes a fundamentalist Islamic country.

Mosler says Australians have no national flag and a weak sense of nationhood and have simply replaced their former British culture with American ideas. Some of the advantages for them as a state would be becoming part of the U.S. military, using the world’s strongest currency, gaining a Bill of Rights, and fielding basketball and baseball teams.
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