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Queensland Government

Science portfolio of the Department of Environment and Science

Department of Environment and Science

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Research Centre of Human Evolution (RCHE)

Researcher by rock art

Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University

The Centre is the first centre focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the scale of ancient human migrations and the full story of the origins of the people in the Australasian region. RCHE’s mission is to foster research excellence through multidisciplinary projects that bring together leading Australian and international scholars and institutions in the field of human evolution, focusing on Australia and Southeast Asia. RCHE aims to provide the scientific narrative of the intertwined evolution of humans and landscapes in Australasia. The Centre's work in Australia will be conducted with indigenous communities, with opportunities for Aboriginal people to become involved in scientific research and to educate the next generation of students and young researchers. RCHE’s research themes include: archaeogeochemistry and geochronology; archaeology; genomics; landscape and human co-evolution; paleoanthropology; and rock art research.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Archaeogeochemistry and geochronology
  • Archaeology
  • Genomics
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Expertise in rock art research
  • Expertise in human and landscape co-evolution

Facilities and major equipment

  • Laboratory for Optically Stimulated Luminescence dating
  • Laboratory for Electron Spin Resonance Dating (from 2017)
  • Laboratory for ancient DNA analysis

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan, 4111

Lead researcher

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
3 June 2019