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Stephen Webb

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  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast

    Australia

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19952018

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I was appointed Lecturer at the Australian National University in 1984 where I lectured in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology. In 1986 I was appointed as a Research Fellow at the Research School of Pacific Studies at the ANU, where I conducted extensive research on the oldest human remains in Australia. I have worked with Federal Government and Indigenous agecies extensively, playing a significant role in the repatriation of Aboriginal skeletal remains from Australian and overseas museums to Aboriginal communities.

Future field work will concentrate on the megalake research. Ongoing research focuses on Megalake development in central Australia, and its relevance to the formation of mega-Lake Eyre, which formed during a time of global warming 125,000 years ago.

I am an advisor with dinosaur and marsupial megafauna work in south western Queensland being undertaken by the Outback Gondwana Foundation. This year I visited a palaeogentic lab in Tubingen University in Germany, in order to work with scientists in extracting fossil human DNA from ancient Australian bone. For many years I have been associated with Australian Government programs to repatriate Aboriginal skeletal remains from international institutions in Europe and North America.

My work associted with Aboriginal skeletal repatriation has led to my appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Australian Centre  for Human Evolution at griffith University. My work there with be with a multidisciplinary team investigating the possibility for establishing an Aboriginal genetic map of Australia with the aim of aiding repatriation of unprovenanced Aboriginal skeletal remains from overseas and Australia museums back to country.

Education/Academic qualification

Biological Anthropology and Pre-History, Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University

Award Date: 6 Sep 1985

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