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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.


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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