In Press

Bromham, L. (in press). Solving Galton’s problem: practical solutions for analysing language diversity and evolution. Historical Linguistics.

Kealy, S., Donnellan, S., Mitchell, K., Herrera, M., Aplin, K., O’Connor, S., & Louys, J. (in press). Phylogenetic relationships of the cuscuses (Diprotodontia: Phalangeridae) of Island Southeast Asia and Melanesia based on the mitochondrial ND2 gene. Australian Mammalogy.

Rowland, M., Shaw, B., & Ulm, S. (in press). Maritime island and coastal societies of Australia and New Guinea. In Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Australia and New Guinea.

Shaw, B., & Coxe, S. (in press). Cannibalism and developments to socio-political systems from 540 BP in the Massim islands of southeast Papua New Guinea.

Shipton, C., O’Connor, S., Reepmeyer, C., Kealy, S., & Jankowski, N. (in press). Shell Adzes, Exotic Obsidian, and Inter-Island Voyaging in the Terminal Pleistocene and Holocene of Wallace. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.



Frieman, C. (2021). An Archaeology of Innovation: Approaching social and technological change in human society. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526132659.

Sterelny, K. (2021). The Pleistocene Social Contract: Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780197531389.

Book chapters

O’Shannessy, C. (2021). Code-switching as a way of speaking – from language shift to language maintenance. In Babel, Anna and Mark Sicoli (Eds.) Contact, structure, and change: A festschrift in honor of Sarah G. Thomason. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing. pp36-42.

Journal articles

Langley, M., O’Connor, S., Kealey, S. & Mahirta. 2021. Fishhooks, lures and sinkers: Intensive manufacture of marine technology from the terminal pleistocene at Makpan Cave, Alor Island, Indonesia. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.

Louys, J., Braje, T., Chang, C., Cosgrove, R., Fitzpatrick, S., Fujita, M., Hawkins, S., Ingicco, T., Kawamurra A., MacPhee, R., McDowell, M., Meijer, H., Piper, P., Roberts, P., Simmons, A., van den Bergh, G., van der Geer, A., Kealy, S., & O’Connor, S. 2021. No evidence for widespread island extinctions after Pleistocene hominin arrival. PNAS May 18, 2021 118 (20) e2023005118;

Nogue, S., Santos, S., Birks, H., Bjorck, S., Castilla-Beltran, A., Connor, S. de Boer, E., de Nascimento, L., Felde, V., Fernandez-Palacios, J., Froyd, C., Haberle, S., Hooghiemstra,H., Ljung, H., Norder, S., Penuelas, J., Prebble, M., Stevenson, J., Whittaker, R., Willis, K., Wilmshurt, J. & Steinbauer, M. 2021. The Human dimension of biodiversity changes on islands. Science. 372(6541): 488-491.

Sterelny, K. 2021. Veiled agency? Children, innovation and the archaeological record. Evolutionary Human Sciences. 3 (e12): 1-9. doi:10.1017/ehs.2021.9

Teixeria, J. & Huber, C. 2021. The inflated significance of neutral genetic diversity in conservation genetics. PNAS. 118(10) e2015096118.


Book chapters

Evans, N. (2020). Time, diversification and dispersal on the Australian continent: three enigmas of linguistic prehistory. In Mily Crevels & Pieter Muysken (eds.), Language Dispersal, Diversification and Contact: A Global Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 116-141.

Kidd, E., Bidgood, A., Donnelly, S., Durrant, S., Peter, M. & Rowland, C. (2020). Individual differences in first language acquisition and their theoretical implications. In Rowland, C., Theakston, A., Ambridge, B. & Twomey, K. 2020. (ed). Current perspectives on child language acquisition. pp. 189-219.

O’Connor, S., Kealy, S., McWilliam, A., Brockwell, S., Wattimena, L., Ririmasse, M., Mahirta, Alifah, Pannell, S., Hawkins, S., Husni, M., & Tanudirjo, D. (2020). Surveys of fortified sites in Southern Wallacea. In O’Connor, McWilliam & Brockwell (ed). Forts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Investigations. Terra Australis 53. Canberra: ANU Press. pp. 249-281.

O’Shannessy, C. (2020). Language contact in Warlpiri and Light Warlpiri. In A. Grant (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Language Contact. Oxford University Press.

O’Shannessy, C, & Davidson, L. (2020). Language contact and change through child first language acquisition. In R. Hickey (ed.), Handbook of Language Contact. 2nd edition. Wiley Blackwell. Pp. 67-91.

Sterelny, K. (2020). Michael Devitt, Cultural Evolution and the Division of Linguistic Labour. In Bianchi, A. (ed) Language and reality from a Naturalistic perspective. pp. 173-189. Philosophical Studies Series 143.

Journal articles

Ballard, C. (2020). The lizard in the volcano: narratives of the Kuwae eruption. Experiencing Pacific Environments: Pasts, Presents, Futures, 32(1), 98–123. doi:10.1353/cp.2020.0005

Ballard, C., Wilson, M., Nojima, Y., Matanik, R., & Shing, R. (2020). Disaster as opportunity? Cyclone Pam and the transmission of cultural heritage. Confronting the Naturalness of Disaster in the Pacific. Special Issue of Anthropological Forum, 30(1–2), 90–107.

Barquera R, Collen E, Di D, Buhler S, Teixeira J, Llamas B, Nunes JM, Sanchez-Mazas A. (2020) Binding affinities of 438 HLA proteins to complete proteomes of seven pandemic viruses and distributions of strongest and weakest HLA peptide binders in populations worldwide. HLA. doi:

Bromham L (2020) Comparability in evolutionary biology: the case of Darwin’s barnacles. Linguistic Typology (Special Issue on Comparability), 

Bromham, L., Hua, X., Algy, C., & Meakins, F. (2020). Language endangerment: a multidimensional analysis of risk factors. Journal of Language Evolution, 5(1), 75–91.

Frieman, C., & May, S. (2020). Navigating Contact: tradition and innovation in Australian contact rock art. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 24(2), 342–366.

Garcia, R. & Kidd, E. 2020. The Acquisition of the Tagalog Symmetrical Voice System: Evidence from Structural Priming. Language Learning and Development.

Kaharudin, H., Alifah, Ramadhan, L., Kealy, S. 2020. A review of archaeological dating efforts at cave rockshelter sites in the Indonesian archipelago. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology. 44: 80-112.

Kealy, S., O’Connor, S., Mahirta, Sari, D. M., Shipton, C., Langley, M., Boulanger, C., Kaharudin, H., Patridina, E., Algifary, M. A., Irfan, A., Beaumont, P., Jankowski, N., Hawkins, S., & Louys, J. (2020). Forty-thousand years of maritime subsistence near a changing shoreline on Alor Island (Indonesia). Quaternary Science Reviews, 249, 106599.

Kidd, E., & Donnelly, S. (2020). Individual Differences in First Language Acquisition. Annual Review of Linguistics, 6, 319–340.

Kidd, E., Arciuli, J., Christiansen, M. H., Isbilen, E., Revius, K., & Smithson, M. (2020). Measuring children’s auditory statistical learning via serial recall. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

O’Connor, S., Oliveira, N., Standish, C., García-Diez, M., Kealy, S., and Shipton, C. 2020. Faces in the Stone: Further Finds of Anthropomorphic Engravings Suggest a Discrete Artistic Tradition Flourished in Timor-Leste in the Terminal Pleistocene. Cambridge Archaeological Journal.

O’Shannessy, C. (2020). How ordinary child language acquisition processes can lead to the unusual outcome of a mixed language. International Journal of Bilingualism.

Roberts, P., Louys, J., Zech, J., Shipton, C., Kealy, S., Samper Carro, S., Hawkins, S., Boulanger, C., Marzo, S., Fielder, B., Boivin, N., Mahirta, Aplin, K., & O’Connor, S. (2020). Isotopic evidence for initial coastal colonization and subsequent diversification in the human occupation of Wallacea. Nature Communications, 11(1), 2068.

Roberts, S., Killin, A., Deb, A., Sheard, C., Greenhill, S., Sinnemäki, K., Segovia-Martín, J., Nölle, J., Berdicevskis, A., Humphreys-Balkwill, A., Little, H., Opie, C., Jacques, G., Bromham, L., Tinits, P., Ross, R., Lee, S., Gasser, E., Calladine, J., … Jordan, F. (2020). CHIELD: the causal hypotheses in evolutionary linguistics database. Journal of Language Evolution.

Shaw, B., Coxes, S., Haro, J., Privat, K., Haberle, S., Hopf, F., Hull, E., Hawkins, S., & Jaconsen, G. (2020). Smallest Late Pleistocene inhabited island in Australasia reveals the impact of post-glacial sea-level rise on human behaviour from 17,000 years ago. Quaternary Science Reviews.

Shaw, B., Coxes, S., Kewibu, V., Haro, J., Hull, E., & Hawkins, S. (2020). 2500-year cultural sequence in the Louisiade Archipelago (Massim region) of eastern Papua New Guinea reflects adaptive strategies to remote islands and changing climatic regimes since Lapita settlement. The Holocene, 30, 1075–1090.

Shaw, B., Field, J., Summerhayes, G., Coxe, S., Coster, A. C. F., Ford, A., Haro, J., Arifeae, H., Hull, E., Jacobsen, G., Fullagar, R., Hayes, E., & Kealhofer, L. (2020). Emergence of a Neolithic in Highland New Guinea by 5000-4000 years ago. Science Advances, 6, eaay4573.

Shipton, C., O’Connor, S., Kealy, S., Mahirta, Syarqiyah, I., Alamsyah, N., & Ririmasse, M. (2020). Early ground axe technology in Wallacea: The first excavations on Obi Island. Plos One.

Souilmi Y, Tobler R, Johar A, Williams M, Grey ST, Schmidt J, Teixeira JC, Rohrlach A, Tuke J, Johnson OL, Gower GR, Turney C, Cox M, Huber CD, Cooper A. (2020) Ancient Eurasian genomes reveal strong and rapid selection for cold and carbohydrate diets. bioRxiv. doi:

Sterelny, K. (2020). Demography and Cultural Complexity. Synthese.

Sterelny, K. (2020). Review of Billy Griffiths’s Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia. Australian Journal of Biography and History, 3, 163–166.

Teixeira JC, Huber CD. (2020) Dismantling a dogma: the inflated significance of neutral genetic diversity in conservation genetics. arXiv:2007.02569.

Teixeira JC, Jacobs GS, Stringer C, Tuke J, Hudjashov G, Purnomo GA, Sudoyo H, Tobler R, Cox MP, Turney CSM, Cooper A, Helgen KM. (2020) Introgression, hominin dispersal and megafaunal survival in Late Pleistocene Island Southeast Asia. bioRxiv. doi:

Williams MP, Teixeira JC. (2020) A genetic perspective on human origins. The Biochemist. 42(1):6-10.

Yang, W, Chan, A., Chang, F., & Kidd, E. (2020). Four-year-old Mandarin-speaking  children’s online comprehension of relative clauses. Cognition, 196, 104103.

Yuwono, P., Mahirta, O’Connor, S., Kealy, S., Black, A., & Hawkins, S. (2020). New painted rock art sites in Alor Island, Eastern Indonesia, support a diversity of artistic traditions in the Late Holocene. Rock Art Research, 37(1), 35–45.


Japanangka, M. W. T., & O’Shannessy, C. (2020). Kaja-warnu-jangka ‘From the bush.’

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