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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Singing away the coronavirus blues: making music in a time of crisis reminds us we belong

Griffith experts say making music provides a means to regain control in a time of crisis.
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Researcher dates last known Homo erectus remains

Last known remains of modern human ancestors dated by Griffith archaeologist. 
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Indonesian cave art overturns thinking on the roots of human spirituality

Figurative depiction of hunters may be oldest evidence of human ability to imagine supernatural beings.
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Genetic analysis suggests ‘wise’ bin chickens tamed and sacrificed to Egyptian God

Genetic diversity suggests priests and villagers able to tame wild ibises each year for mummification by the millions.  
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New research into the Rock Art of Cape York’s ‘Quinkan Country’

Griffith University rock art researchers are part of expert team who will spend the next five years investigating one of the richest bodies of rock art in Australia.
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Griffith appoints distinguished academic to DVC Research

A highly regarded chemical biologist with a distinguished record in championing research across several continents, Professor Mario Pinto, has been announced as Griffith University’s new Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).
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Dating reveals Greece skull to be earliest known Homo sapiens found in Eurasia

Griffith researcher dates early human fossil found in Greece at 210,000 years old. 
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DNA could enable repatriation of ancient Aboriginal remains

First ancient nuclear genomes of Aboriginal Australians show repatriation of unprovenanced remains possible.
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Griffith dates bones of new human species found in Philippines

A Griffith University researcher has played a key role in the international multidisciplinary team that has discovered a new human species in a Philippines cave.   Professor Rainer Grün, Director of Griffith’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE), used uranium series analysis to date the teeth and bones from three small hominid individuals found in […]
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Geochemical ‘stamp’ offers fresh hope for repatriation of unprovenanced human remains

Investigating geochemical signatures in surface geology and ancient remains could aid repatriation of Indigenous skeletons to their place of origin.
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