Still on genetic cousins: You can read about the Austronesian migrations (and learn a lot lot more) in Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize winner (and the Rhone Poulenc Science Book Prize, along with three other international literary prizes, mind you), Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Great book, definitely one in my “I-wish-I-have-written-this” book list. Frankly, the National Geographic Society/Lion Television TV production of the same name does not do justice to the book.
And while you are at this, you may want to read on his equally good follow-up book, “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.” This is one book that is a must-read for all government decision and policy makers. You gentlemen, who are pushing hard for the opening up of 25 degree-sloped land for agriculture in Sabah, that means especially you.
And now for some shameless self-promotion: I had the opportunity to meet Jared Diamond when I was in San Franciso in March, 2007. Sorry, no pictures but I did take a picture with Han Solo (aka Harrison Ford) at the same Conservational International meeting.