Dr Debbie Argue

Dr Debbie Argue

Position: Visiting Fellow
School and/or Centres: School of Archaeology and Anthropology

Email: Debbie.Argue@anu.edu.au

Phone: 61253208

Location: Room 116, Upper Floor, Banks Building (#44), Linnaeus Way

Research interests

Homo floresiensis; human evolution; morphometric analysis, cladistic analysis, human skeletal analysis, Australian prehistory and archaeology.



PhD 2009; MA 2003; BA (Hons) 1991 Australian National University; Diploma of Education, Sydney Teachers College.



Debbie Argue recently completed an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship researching Homo floresiensis to discover its place in the human evolutionary tree. She is continuing work in a small team studying this enigmatic hominin species. In concurrence she is investigating any possible relationship between H. floresiensis and the stories of people on Flores about the past existence of little hominoids on this island; is Advisor to three ANU postgraduate students; and continues to provide peer review on behalf of a number of academic journals. Her PhD focused on human evolution in Africa and Europe in the Early Pleistocene; her MA focused on human evolution in the Middle Pleistocene. Previously Debbie was an archaeologist specialised in Australian prehistory, particularly of the Australian Alps. Prior to undertaking her PhD, she was a Heritage Officer in local government in Canberra, Australia, engaged in the identification and conservation of Aboriginal and historic heritage in the broader region.


Key publications

Argue, D. 2015. Variation in the Early and Middle Pleistocene: The phylogenetic relationships of Ceprano, Bodo, Daka, Kabwe and Buia. In: A. M. Behie and M. F. Oxenham (Eds). Taxonomic Tapestries: The Threads of Evolutionary, Behavioural and Conservation Research. Chapters written in honour of Professor Colin P. Groves.

Argue. D. 2013. Homo floresiensis: further insights. McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technologyand the online edition AccessScience (http://www.accessscience.com). By invitation.

Argue. D. 2012. Comment and response to Forth, G. (2012). Are legendary hominoids worth looking for? Views from ethnobiology and paleoanthropology. Anthropology Today 38(2):13-16. The Relict Hominoid Inquiry 1:83-86.

Argue, D., Groves, C. P., Jungers, W. 2012. An hypothesis for the phylogenetic position of Homo floresiensis. Proceedings for the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution 1. PRESHE 1, 2102. ISSN 2195-0776.

Argue, D. 2011. The Homo floresiensis Puzzle. Popular Anthropology 2(3):18-21. By invitation.

Argue D., Morwood M. J., Sutikna T, Jatmiko, Saptomo, E. W. (2009) Homo floresiensis: a cladistic analysis. Journal of Human Evolution 57(5):623-639.

Argue, D., 2008. Mike Morwood, Thomas Sutikna, Jatmiko, and Wahyu Saptomo. 2007. Homo floresiensis. What is it? Where does it fit in the human story? In: E. Indriati (ed.) Recent Advances on Southeast Asian Palaeoanthropology and Archaeology. Proceedings International Seminar on Southeast Asian Palaeoanthropology; Yogyakarta, Indonesia. July 2007.

Argue, D., Donlon, D., Groves, C., Wright, R., 2006. Homo floresiensis: Microcephalic, pygmoid, Australopithecus or Homo? Journal of Human Evolution, 51: 360-374.

Argue, D., Mike Morwood, Thomas Sutikna, Jatmiko, and Wahyu Saptomo. 2007. ‘Homo floresiensis. What is it? Where does it fit in the human story?’ Proceedings from the International Seminar on Southeast Asian Paleoanthropology; Yogyakarta, July 2007.

Argue, D., Hope, G, Saunders, P. 2001. Digging Stick site, Namadgi National Park, ACT. Australian Archaeology 53: 41-42.

Argue, D. 2000. Australian Alps Cultural Heritage Research and Implementation Strategy. Report prepared for the Australian Alps Liaison Committee.

Argue, D. 1995. Discovery of a Possible Digging Stick in the South East Region of Australia. Australian Archaeology 41:38-40.

Argue, D. 1995. Aboriginal Occupation of the Southern Highlands: Was it Really Seasonal? Australian Archaeology 41:30-36.

Research Grants

Australian Research Council Award (DP 109680). 2010-2103.
College of Arts and social Sciences, ANU. Award to invite Visiting Fellow to ANU. November 2010.
Vice Chancellor travel award 2007.
Australian National University Doctoral Research Fellowship 2004-2008.
Sydney Museum Honours travel award 1990.

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