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Dr Michelle Langley


Michelle Langley

Senior Lecturer
School of Environment and Science - Forensics and Archaeology
+61 (0)7 3735 8014 (Work)
N78 2.13, Nathan Campus

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Dr Michelle C. Langley is a DECRA Research Fellow in the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution. Her research centres around the evolution of human cognition -- particularly the role of children and childhood in early cultural development. She also explores this theme through focusing on the use by early human (Homo sapiens and Neanderthal) communities of hard animal materials -- bone, tooth, antler, ivory, claw, quill, shell -- to create technology. She is also interested in exploring Australia's deep past -- in particular, the diverse osseous tools and ornaments made by First Australian's over the past 65,000 years. Dr Langley is on the Editorial Advisory board for Archaeology in Oceania (AO) and Queensland Archaeology Research (QAR) and has been involved in unveiling some of the earliest ornaments, bone tools, and shell artefacts throughout the Australian and Southeast Asian regions. Dr Langley's research has been funding by the Australian Research Council and the Clarendon Fund, and has been published in PLoS One, Quaternary Science Reviews, and the Journal of Human Evolution, and highlighted in National Geographic, New Scientist, Archaeology Magazine, and Australasian Science Magazine, as well as NITV, SBS, and the ABC.


  • Member
    Environmental Futures Research Institute2017


  • Research Officer
    Australian National University, Archaeology & Natural History, Canberra, Australia1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Oxford1 Jan 2011 - 1 Jan 2014
  • Master Of Philosophy
    The University of Queensland1 Jan 2008 - 1 Jan 2009
  • Bachelor Of Arts With Honours
    The University of Queensland1 Jan 2003 - 1 Jan 2007