Darren Curnoe

University of New South Wales, Australia


Darren Curnoe is an Anthropologist, Paleontologist, and Evolutionary Biologist with interests spanning many aspects of human evolution, with a focus on the fossil hominin record spanning the last 2.6 million years, or Pleistocene Epoch. Curnoe's work has mostly sought to understand the paleobiology, evolution, diversity, and systematics of the human genus, Homo, with strong interests in both early members of this group through to the more recent record documenting the emergence of Homo sapiens and establishment of modern human populations. He has worked in the field for many years, surveying and excavating fossil and archaeological sites, as well as on museum collections in Africa for 15 years and in China for 5 years. He has also undertaken studies of the earliest human remains in Australia from the Willandra Lakes World Heritage area. His present research focuses largely on the later Pleistocene hominin record of southwest China as well as on "virtual" investigations of fossils using 3D and engineering techniques. His broad interest in human and primate ecology has also led to studies of free ranging primates in Africa. Curnoe received the B.A. (1st class honors) and Ph.D. degrees in 2000 from the Australian National University, Canberra. During 2002, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Sterkfontein Research Unit, School of Anatomical Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). His supervisor and mentor at that time was Emeritus Professor Phillip Tobias. He has worked at the University of New South Wales since late 2002, initially in the School of Medical Sciences (from 2002 to 2008) and then the School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences (since 2009).

Biography Updated on 4 September 2011

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