The Raymond Dart Lecture Series

Born and raised in the Brisbane suburb of Toowong, Raymond Dart is one of Australia’s most celebrated palaeoanthropologists. Dart is best known for his involvement in the 1924 South African discovery of the first fossil ever found of Australopithecus africanus, an extinct hominin closely related to humans.

The Raymond Dart Lecture is an annual ARCHE event organised by Griffith Sciences paying homage to Raymond Dart by presenting some of the brightest minds and newest research in paleoanthropology.

2020 Raymond Dart Lecture

Scientific sovereignty in palaeoanthropology; an Online Lecture by Professor Ackermann on the 17th September by live web stream 4.00PM-5.30PM aest


Professor Rebecca Ackermann

Rebecca Ackermann is a biological anthropologist, Professor in the Department of Archaeology, and Deputy Dean of Transformation in the Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. She was the founding Director of UCTs Human Evolution Research Institute, and is currently its Deputy Director. Her research focuses on evolutionary process, and specifically how gene flow, drift and selection interact to produce skeletal diversity through time in our human ancestors. Her research is illuminating the complex origins of our species.

Rebecca is an acclaimed lecturer and recipient of the UCT Distinguished Teacher Award, and is engaged in discourse and policy development around sexism, racism and transformation of her discipline more broadly.

  • 19 May 2016 - Origins, by Professor Bernard Wood, Centre for the Advanced Study of Human Palaeobiology at George Washington University, USA.
  • 10 April 2017 - The Unknown: An evening with Nature editor Dr Henry Gee.
  • 10 May 2018 - Before we changed the climate, did the climate change us?, by Dr. Rick Potts, Director of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington.
  • 8 May 2019 - How well do we know the ‘Hobbit?’, by Dr Dean Falks, Professor of Anthropology, Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, and a Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, USA.

Archaeology and Human Evolution Seminar Series

This joint series showcases leading researchers in archaeology and human evolution, with a focus on topical issues and the latest research from Asia and the Pacific. This is a Griffith University initiative co-hosted by the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE), the Place Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit (PERAHU) & the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR).

Co-conveners: Dr Jillian Huntley & Associate Professor Julien Louys

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Professor Tanya Smith

The evolutionary tales teeth tell

Griffith University Associate Professor Tanya Smith says teeth have plenty of evolutionary tales to tell - when we grow our teeth they are like living fossils. From recording birth, to marking diet changes and teaching us about evolutionary behaviour, ancient teeth are a treasure trove into our past.

The Conversation articles


World-first genomic study of Aboriginal Australians

Some of the most ancient secrets of Australia’s human past have been uncovered in a new study involving Griffith University researchers, which has found Indigenous Australians and Papuans are descendants of a single wave of migrants who left Africa around 70,000 years ago.

New fossils shed light in the origin of 'Hobbits'

Griffith University researchers are part of an international team of scientists that has announced the discovery of ancestors of Homo floresiensis—the enigmatic species of pygmy-like humans discovered more than a decade ago on the Indonesian island of Flores.

First Peoples were truly first

ARCHE researchers have found evidence that demonstrates Aboriginal people were the first to inhabit Australia, as reported in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Science journal.

The work refutes an earlier study that claimed to recover DNA sequences from the oldest known Australian, Mungo Man.


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