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Honorary Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney

Darren Curnoe is a scientist, writer and educator with an insatiable curiosity for understanding the kind of creature we are and how we came to be this way.

He is a palaeoanthropologist and archaeologist fascinated with human evolution and prehistory.


  • 2009–present
    Honorary Professor, Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology
  • 2013–present
    Associate professor, University of New South Wales
  • 2012–2016
    Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of New South Wales
  • 2005–2011
    Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • 2002–2005
    Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • 2002–2002
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2000 
    Australian National University, Doctor of Philosophy (Palaeoanthropology & Geochronology)
  • 1996 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours)

Research Areas

  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology (160102)
  • Archaeological Science (210102)
  • Archaeology Of Asia, Africa And The Americas (210103)


Shanghai Archaeology Prize, Shanghai Archaeology Forum (2013); Finalist, Australian Museum Eureka Prize (2014, 2015 & 2016)