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The Australian National University

Professor Colin Groves

Emeritus Professor of Bioanthropology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology 160102
  • Phylogeny And Comparative Analysis 060309
  • Biogeography And Phylogeography 060302
  • Animal Systematics And Taxonomy 060301
  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202

Research interests

Nonhuman primates, human evolution, mammalian taxonomy and biogeography, animal domestication.

Researcher's projects

I have done museum work on primates and other mammals all over the world. My lifelong studies on classification, variation and evolution of living primates culminated in 2001 with the publication of my book Primate Taxonomy (Smithsonian Institution Press), but it continues with new discoveries and new assessments. I have been regularly invited to address conferences on this and related subjects, including the Goettingen Freilandtage (an annual conference of primatologists in Germany) in December, 2005, the African Genesis symposium in Johannesburg in January, 2006, the International Primatological Congress in Cancun in 2012, and the International Conference on Ruminant Systematics and Evolution in Munich in 2014.

I am also still publishing on human evolution (a recent paper with a Debbie Argue, Bill Jungers and Mike Lee on the infamous Hobbit, Homo floresiensis), and on the taxonomy of ungulates (see my 2011 book with Peter Grubb, Ungulate Taxonomy [Johns Hopkins University Press]) and other animals, including elephants and carnivores. Biogeography is an increasingly important theme in my research, giving clues to reconstruction of past climates and geography.

My work has taken me to such places as Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, India, Iran, China and Indonesia. In the past few years I have done fieldwork in Sri Lanka and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

I regularly collaborate in research with colleagues in Europe, China and Sri Lanka, among other places, although much of my research is sole-authored.


Projects and Grants

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