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In recent years, the focus of human evolution research has increasingly shifted from Africa – the ‘cradle of mankind’ – to Asia and Australia. The Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) is the first academic centre specifically focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the scale of ancient human migrations and the full story of the origins of the people in our region. An initiative of Queensland’s Griffith University, ARCHE’s mission is to foster research excellence through multidisciplinary projects that bring together leading Australian and international scholars and institutions in the field of human evolution, with a particular focus on two key regions: Australia and neighboring Southeast Asia >> More about us
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.
Researchers from Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) along with nine indigenous Aboriginal Australian Elders collaborated with an international team...
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.
In September 2003, the partial skeleton of a primitive human adult female was excavated from Liang Bua, a limestone cave in the west of Flores. Read more....
A 700,000-year-old fossil find shows the Hobbits' ancestors were even smaller
These "Hobbit"-like creatures first appeared at Liang Bua cave, on the Indonesian island of Flores, about 95,000 years ago. Previously, it was believed they have lived on Flores until quite recently, but new evidence published earlier this year suggests they were extinct by around 50,000 years ago. Read more....
First Peoples were truly first
Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution 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 this week.