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The 23nd Annual Meeting

The 2014 Paleoanthropology Society meeting will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8-9 in conjunction with the AAPA meetings Hyatt Regency Calgary Hotel and adjacent Calgary Convention Center. Please review the First Announcement and Call for Papers for more information.

The online abstract submission system is now closed.

The preliminary program, the final announcement, and the abstracts for the meetings are now available.

PaleoAnthropology Journal

PaleoAnthropology is published jointly by the Society and the University of Pennsylvania Museum. The journal is accessible free of charge to everyone, including non-members of the Paleoanthropology Society.

In addition to the publication of articles, book reviews, and the abstracts of the annual meetings of the Society, the journal accepts commentaries on articles, summaries of current work in the various fields of paleoanthropology. Articles are fully peer-reviewed and may contain large data files, numerous illustrations and links to visualizations; manuscripts based on dissertation work, up to entire dissertations, may be submitted as appropriate. As always, the journal depends on the contributions of scholars within the field, and the editors would like to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to think of our journal as an outlet for the presentation of your research.

Call for papers and Books to Review

Dissertations and Publications

The Society hosts doctoral dissertations (theses) in all areas relevant to our interests. The procedure is to send an abstract of the work and information about its source to the Society so that we may determine that its topic falls within the range of our coverage. A pdf file of the entire work may then be made available for download. To see what is already present or to submit an abstract for consideration, follow this link.

The Society now also hosts additional publications in the field of PaleoAnthropology. These are not publications of the Society but are being made available to the community via our web site. Follow this link to view these publications.

Announcements, Jobs and PhDs
Conference on Percussive Technology and Human Evolution (London, 18-19 September 2014) UCL-Institute of Archaeology


On the 18th and 19th of September 2014 an international conference will take place at the Institute of Archaeology (University College London).

Researchers from around the world working on the various facets of percussive technology will meet for two days to present new discoveries related to the role of pounding activities in areas such as Primatology, Ethnology and Archaeology. The conference aims to promote inter-disciplinary comparisons to aid better understanding of the role of pounding activities in primate evolution.

A limited number of poster presentations on themes related with the conference key topics will be accepted. Titles and abstracts should be submitted before June 15th, 2014 to Adrian Arroyo: a.arroyo@ucl.ac.uk

Conference website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/calendar/conferences/percussive-technology

Conference Venue: Lecture Theatre G6. Institute of Archaeology, University College London. 31-34 Gordon Square. WC1H 0PY. London.

Contact: Adrian Arroyo (Conference Secretary)


GSA Annual Meeting 2014 and 2015

The 2014 GSA Annual Meeting will be held 19-22 October 2014 in Vancouver, BC Canada at the Vancourver Convention Centre. Details about the meeting are available at http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2014/home/. The abstract deadline is 29 July 2014. The registration deadline is 15 September 2014.

The 2015 GSA Annual Meeting will be held 1-4 November 2015 in Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Convention Center.


2014 Paleoanthropology Abstracts
Hi Fellow Paleoanthropologists: Just a short note to let you know that the abstracts of the 2014 Calgary Paleoanthropology Meetings are now available on our website (journal contents). If you are currently a paying member, we thank you for your support. If you are not, please consider joining (the dues are not high), as this funding allows us to provide travel support for students and some of our colleagues from other countries. Enjoy!

Tephra 2014 Workshop


Tephra 2014 - Maximizing the potential of tephra for multidisciplinary science

3-7 August 2014
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon, USA
Apply by 15-April

We are pleased to welcome applications to take part in the workshop "Tephra 2014 - Maximizing the potential of tephra for multidisciplinary science", to be held on August 3-7 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA. Applications and abstract submissions are due by April 15.

Meeting details:
This 4-day workshop will discuss major developments, best practices, and future directions/needs in tephra studies from the perspectives of volcanology, tephrochronology, and Quaternary sciences. By bringing together a broad array of scientists who study tephra for different purposes, we also intend to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and data sharing.

Workshop registration will be limited to approximately 100 participants. We aim to include a broad representation of experienced scientists and students who work with tephra, who could benefit from tephra data, or who work in settings which may contain tephra. We specifically plan to include volcanologists, tephrochronologists, archaeologists, geochronologists, paleoclimatologists, paleoecologists, paleolimnologists, glaciologists, petrologists, tectonophysicists, Quaternary scientists, atmospheric scientists, data managers, and others. Early career scientists, post-doctoral researchers, and senior graduate students are also encouraged to apply.

Applications for financial support for the workshop (US NSF, PAGES, INQUA/INTAV) are pending. Should travel support become available, information will be posted on the meeting website. Members of CANQUA and QRA should contact their respective associations regarding potential travel support.

50 Questions Exercise:

In conjunction with the meeting, we will be conducting a 50 questions, challenges, and opportunities exercise. To contribute, please join the meeting's VHub group:https://vhub.org/groups/tephra2014 Wiki pages for this exercise will be available soon.

Tephra Data Working Group:

We also plan to establish a tephra data working group to build upon the collaboration and data sharing components of the workshop. This working group will explore ways to increase the discoverability and accessibility of tephra data to enhance tephra research and interdisciplinary collaboration. To contribute to the tephra data effort, please join the related VHub group: https://vhub.org/groups/tephrochronology

Conveners: Marcus Bursik, Steve Kuehn and Solene Pouget

On-site Host Committee: Michael Cummings, Scott Burns, and Martin Streck

Cooperating and sponsoring organizations include:

  • University at Buffalo
  • Concord University
  • Portland State University
  • VHub
  • Cities and Volcanoes
  • USGS

Swartkrans Field School
Experience Paleoanthropology in South Africa (July 25 – August 25, 2014)

The Swarkrans Cave site (http://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=246) has provided the:

  • Largest sample (> 126 individuals) of Paranthropus robustus in the world
  • First evidence for the co-existence of two different hominin lineages
  • Homo erectus (direct ancestor of modern humans)
  • Paranthropus robustus (extinct “cousin” of the genus Homo)
  • First and earliest evidence for controlled use of fire found anywhere c. 1.0 million years ago
  • First and earliest evidence of tool use with non-stone material (i.e. bone tools) c. 2.0 million years ago
This four-week program offers you the opportunity to participate in a paleoanthropology fieldschool at the famous fossil human locality of Swartkrans, South Africa (http://swartkrans.org/). Swartkrans, a cave site approximately twenty miles from Johannesburg, is recognized as one of the world's most important archaeological and fossil localities for the study of human evolution, and is part of the “Cradle of Humankind” World Heritage Site (http://www.gauteng.net/cradleofhumankind). The site's geological deposits span millions of years and sample several important events in human evolution. The oldest finds at the site date between 2.0 and 1.0 million years old-a time period during which our immediate ancestor, Homo erectus, shared the landscape with the extinct ape-man species Paranthropus robustus. In addition to fossils of these species, Swartkrans also preserves an abundant archaeological record of their behavior in the form of stone and bone tools, as well as butchered animal bones. Most spectacularly, the site contains evidence of the earliest known use of fire by human ancestors, dated to about 1.0 million years old. Younger deposits at the site sample the Middle Stone Age archaeological traces of early Homo sapiens.

You will learn about these fascinating ancestors through a hands-on course that includes instruction in archaeological survey, site mapping, excavation, recording, artifact and fossil analysis (human and animal), and laboratory techniques. Fieldwork will be supplemented with occasional lectures, workshops and fossil locality tours with internationally recognized paleoanthropologists working at nearby sites.

The program is directed by Dr. Travis Pickering, Professor of Anthropology at UW-Madison. Over his seventeen years of working in South Africa, Professor Pickering has cultivated strong relationships with researchers in the area ensuring that students on this program will see original fossils and artifacts and receive site tours from the primary researchers in the field. The program is very comprehensive and expands beyond the bounds of simply excavating for four weeks at one site, including: visits to other nearby early hominin sites, such as Sterkfontein, Kromdraai, Drimolen and Malapa; visits to view important original fossils at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, in Pretoria (http://www.ditsong.org.za/naturalhistory.htm), and on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg (http://www.wits.ac.za/); a three-day ecology (lots of elephants and giraffes!) and Iron Age archaeology tour of Mapungubwe National Park (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/mapungubwe/); guest lectures by leading figures in African paleoanthropology, such as Professors Ron Clarke (discoverer of the famous “Little Foot” skeleton) and Francis Thackeray (director of the Institute for Human Evolution); and shopping days at the African Craft Market in Johannesburg (http://www.gauteng.net/attractions/entry/the_african_craft_market_of_rosebank/). The fieldschool is also privileged to stay at the n’Gomo Safari Lodge (http://www.ngomolodge.co.za/), where students live in permanent tents with flush toilets and hot showers. The lodge is at the back of the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve (http://www.rhinolion.co.za/home), where participants will see rhinos, zebra, and lots of other African animals everyday on the way to Swartkrans. Students will also have the opportunity to ride through the reserve on horseback and to play with baby lions and other big cats.

To apply or for more information contact: http://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=246 or
Erica Haas-Gallo (haasgallo@studyabroad.wisc.edu; 608-261-1020)
Travis Pickering (tpickering@wisc.edu; 608-262-5818)