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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 Senior Research Fellow in the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution and Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Environment and Science. Her research centres around the evolution of human cognition which she explores through the role of children and childhood in early cultural development and the use by early human (Homo sapiens and Neanderthal) communities of hard animal materials -- bone, tooth, antler, ivory, claw, quill, shell -- to create technology. Her other key research foci is 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, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the Clarendon Fund and has been published in Nature Communications, Nature Human Behaviour, PNAS, PLoS One, Quaternary Science Reviews, and the Journal of Human Evolution. Her work is regularly highlighted in the media: National Geographic, New Scientist, Archaeology Magazine, and Australasian Science Magazine, as well as NITV, SBS, and the ABC. She is a recipient of a 2018 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award (AIPS).


  • Member
    Environmental Futures Research Institute, Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, Australia2017


  • 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