Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Tiny tools point to specialist skills of ancient Indonesians

Research findings offer greater insight into precision stone work used by Toalean people.
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Arts Education Law

Climate change could erase ancient Indonesian cave art

Findings indicate deterioration of globally significant artworks accelerating in step with climate change. 
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Humans weren’t always agents of destruction when arriving on uninhabited islands

A Griffith University led team discovered the arrival of ancient humans to uninhabited islands doesn’t always lead to widespread extinctions as is often thought.
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Boomerangs return with greater insights into ample uses

Findings constitute first traceological evidence of hardwood boomerangs being used for shaping stone tools in Australia.
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Bone tools found in arid landscape among oldest in Australia

Bone artefacts found in Kimberley cave site dated as being more than 35,000 years old by research team.
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Early humans in the Kalahari were as innovative as their coastal neighbours

Findings shine light on Homo sapiens' origins in southern Africa interior.
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Architecture, construction and planning

Experts imagine cities of 2060 at World Science Festival

With Australia’s population set to hit 40 million by 2060, Griffith University cities experts say it is time to get serious about long term planning.
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Griffith team awarded Science Magazine top-10 scientific breakthrough of the year

Griffith University archaeologists have been awarded a coveted place in Science magazine’s top-10 scientific breakthroughs of the year for their work on the discovery of the world’s oldest known rock art.
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Tracking avian predators’ return to the wild

Griffith University has joined forces with the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation (CWHF) to track the movements of coastal birds of prey after rehabilitation.
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Rainforests not humans drove megafauna extinction in Southeast Asia

The takeover of Southeast Asia’s grasslands with today’s rainforests contributed to the extinction of the region’s megafauna and ancient humans.
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Newly discovered footprints reveal oldest traces of humans in Arabia

Scientists have identified tracks left on an ancient freshwater lake in the Arabian Peninsula as the earliest trace of human arrival in the area from about 120,000 years ago.
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Arts Education Law

Funding win for archaeology student in new B Arts Honours program

A Griffith archaeological science student, testing new ways to identify where items from collections have come from, has been awarded funding to continue her exciting research.
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Arts Education Law

Studying ancient children’s teeth to reveal the future

Human evolutionary biologist Professor Tanya Smith has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship worth $1,075,728 to investigate prehistoric human population growth by analysing the teeth of ancient children.
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

New fossil family of giant wombat relatives discovered in Australia

A group of Australian and international palaeontologists have identified a giant wombat-like animal so unique they had to create an entirely new family of marsupials.
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Discovery of oldest bow-and-arrow technology outside Africa

New archaeological research demonstrates earliest projectile technology in the tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka.
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Deeper dig into ‘giant wombat’ bone marks raises more questions than answers

First Australians co-existed with a giant ‘wombat-like’ creature for thousands of years – so why is there so little archaeological evidence for the hunting and use of these large animals?
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Fossil skull casts doubt over modern human ancestry

Griffith University scientists have led an international team to date the skull of an early human found in Africa, potentially upending human evolution knowledge with their discovery.
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Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Fossil skull reveals ape-like brain but prolonged growth similar to humans

Three-million-year-old brain imprints in fossil skulls of the species Australopithecus afarensis (famous for “Lucy” and the “Dikika child’’ from Ethiopia) shed new light on the evolution of brain growth.
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