Colin Groves

Australian anthropologist (1942-2017)

Colin Peter Groves (24 June 1942 – 30 November 2017) was an Australian Professor of Biological Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.[1]

Colin Groves
Born(1942-06-24)24 June 1942
DiedNovember 30, 2017(2017-11-30) (aged 75)
Alma materUniversity College London (B.Sc.)
Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (Ph.D.)
Known forBiological classification of Homo ergaster
Scientific career
FieldsBiological Anthropology
Mammal classification
InstitutionsAustralian National University
University of California, Berkeley
Queen Elizabeth College
University of Cambridge

Groves was born in England. He emigrated to Australia in 1973 and joined the Australian National University, where he was promoted to full Professor in 2000[2]

Groves died on 30 November 2017 in Canberra at the age of 75.[3]

His research interests included human evolution, primates, mammalian taxonomy, skeletal analysis, biological anthropology, ethnobiology and biogeography.[2] He was a member of the Australian Skeptics and had many published skeptical papers, as well as research papers covering his other research interests.[4] He also conducted regular debates with creationists and anti-evolutionists.[4]


  1. "Professor Colin Groves - School of Archaeology & Anthropology -". Australian National University. 2012. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Groves, C (2000). "Colin Groves [personal profile entry]". Archaeology World. Archived from the original on 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  3. "Vale Emeritus Professor Colin Groves". ANU. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Stears. "The Groves Collection". Retrieved 2009-08-28.

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