Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

From Neanderthal to us: The incredible journey of human evolution
01 Dec

From Neanderthal to us: The incredible journey of human evolution

From Neanderthal to us: The incredible journey of human evolution with Professor Marco Peresani from the University of Ferrara in Italy. For most of the 20th century, it was thought that our closely related ancestors of Eurasia, including the Neanderthals, were not able to express symbolic behaviours comparable to us, Homo sapiens. New archaeological excavations are increasingly showing that the Neanderthals were capable of abstract thinking.
A Search for the Soul of the Nation
24 May

A Search for the Soul of the Nation

How does one define Australia, beyond just its geography? With growing social and geo-political tensions, there is renewed urgency to interrogate ideas of who we are, where we've come from, who we want to be, and what we stand for as a nation. As Australia reflects on the outcomes of the Federal election, we invite you to join Professor Julianne Schultz AM, The Honourable Roslyn Atkinson AO and Mr Wesley Enoch AM for this important and timely conversation.
Instagram Live: Can we live peacefully with magpies and other excitable species?
28 Oct

Instagram Live: Can we live peacefully with magpies and other excitable species?

Australian cities are bursting with wildlife: rainbow lorikeets are everywhere, there are possums on every roof and flying foxes squabble in our gardens. But there are some which can be a serious worry, including magpies, plovers and even noisy miners, all of which can attack an innocent bystander. What is going on and can we learn to live with these marauders?
How well do we know the 'Hobbit?' Paleopolitics and Homo floresiensis
25 Jun

How well do we know the 'Hobbit?' Paleopolitics and Homo floresiensis

You are invited to the third annual Raymond Dart Lecture with Professor Dean Falk, the Hale G. Smith Professor of Anthropology and a Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. Professor Falk will discuss the controversies surrounding Homo floresiensis and how new evidence has blazed the trail for reconsidering the "big picture" of human evolution.
Hominin cognitive evolution: New insights from stone-flaking experiments
13 Mar

Hominin cognitive evolution: New insights from stone-flaking experiments

Mark will first review the "standard story' of stone tool design and cognitive evolution, arguing that the consensus narrative-driven by assertions of goal-directed, top-down design processes.