Colin Groves

Colin Groves
Born (1942-06-24) 24 June 1942
Residence Canberra
Fields Biological Anthropology
Mammal classification
Institutions Australian National University
University of California, Berkeley
Queen Elizabeth College
University of Cambridge
Alma mater University College London (B.Sc.)
Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (Ph.D.)
Known for Biological classification of Homo ergaster

Colin Peter Groves is Professor of Biological Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.[1]

Born in England on 24 June 1942, Colin Groves completed a Bachelor of Science at University College London in 1963, and a Doctor of Philosophy at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1966. From 1966 to 1973, Dr. Groves was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Teaching Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Queen Elizabeth College and the University of Cambridge. He emigrated to Australia in 1974, and has been at the Australian National University since, being promoted to full Professor in 2000.[2]

Professor Groves' research interests are human evolution, primates, mammalian taxonomy, skeletal analysis, biological anthropology, ethnobiology and biogeography.[2] He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, India, Iran, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Along with the Czech biologist Professor Vratislav Mazák, Groves was the describer of Homo ergaster.[3] Groves also wrote Primate Taxonomy published by the Smithsonian Institution Press in 2001, and Ungulate Taxonomy (2011, Johns Hopkins Press).

He is an active member of the Australian Skeptics and has many published skeptical papers, as well as research papers covering his other research interests.[4] He has also conducted regular debates with creationists and anti-evolutionists.[4]


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  1. "Professor Colin Groves - School of Archaeology & Anthropology -". Australian National University. 2012. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  2. 1 2 Groves, C (2000). "Colin Groves [personal profile entry]". Archaeology World. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  3. Kramer, A (1993). "Human Taxonomic Diversity in the Pleistocene: Does Homo erectus Represent Multiple Hominid Species?". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 91 (2): 161–171. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330910203. PMID 8317558.
  4. 1 2 Stears. "The Groves Collection". Retrieved 2009-08-28.

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