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Australian National University
Biological Anthropology Program
(Established 1974)
Educational Program
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Director: Colin P. Groves
Phone: 61 (2) 6125-4590   Fax: 61 (2) 6125-2711   E-Mail:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200 AUSTRALIA
Department: School of Archaeology and Anthropology
Institution: Australian National University

Mission: We offer undergraduate courses in Primates and in Human Evolution, Skeletal Analysis, Domestication and "comparison of human and animal behavior". We offer an Honors program in Biological Anthropology, including both coursework and research (towards a thesis) on primates as an option. MA and PhD students have worked, and are working, on primates.

Principal Research Programs: Honours students work on museum collections and in zoos in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney; MA students in Uganda, Singapore and Australia; PhD students do fieldwork on primates or use museum collections worldwide. PhDs have been awarded for research on such topics as European Miocene hominoids; digestive strategies in Primates; skeletal populations in Bahrain and Australia; cranial thickness in modern humans; socioecology of hybrid gibbons in Borneo; socioecology and taxonomy of spider monkeys in Homduras. PhD research is in progress on palaeopathology in the Pacific region; chimpanzees in Uganda; socioecology of douc langurs in Cambodia; socioecoology and conservation of Francois' langur in China; social organisation of Golden Snubnosed Monkeys in the wild and in captivity; effect of ecotourism on Proboscis Monkeys; the Early Pleistocene hominins of Africa and Europe; and the Biology of Animal Domestication in Mongolia.

Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for: Undergraduate, Graduate; Field work opportunities available; Program emphasis: Evolution; Taxonomy; Behavior; Digestive physiology; Financial support occasionally available

Financial Aid: Some graduate scholarships available, including a very few for overseas students.

Number of Staff: 2

Last Updated: 2006-07-25

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