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The Paleoanthropology Society was founded in 1992. It recognizes that paleoanthropology is multidisciplinary in nature and the organization's central goal is to bring together physical anthropologists, archaeologists, paleontologists, geologists and a range of other researchers whose work has the potential to shed light on hominid behavioral and biological evolution.

Statement on Sexual Harassment and Assault

The Paleoanthropology Society is committed to providing a safe space, free of threats, harassment or assault, to all of our members regardless of age, ethnicity, race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, marital status, or any other reason unrelated to professional performance. In this document, the concept of Paleoanthropology Society "member" includes both dues-paying and non-paying recipients of Society mailings.

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The Time is Now  - A message from Paleoanthropology Society Members Bill Kimbel and Kaye Reed.

News & Announcements


NGS Uncovering Human Oriings in Asia and Africa Grants

We are looking in particular to support individuals conducting research in SE Asia. Deadlines for grant applications are quarterly, and upcoming deadlines are April 10, July 10, and October 9. Applicants can request up to $30,000, but may request up to $50,000 if a there is a fieldschool component to the project that aims to increase local capacity. The URL for the funding opportunity is here:
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/grant-opportunities/human-origins/

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2019 Call for Nominations: Rohlf Medal for Excellence in Morphometrics

The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by the family and friends of F. James Rohlf to mark his 70th birthday. He has been a longtime Stony Brook University faculty member and is currently Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Details can be found below or at: http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/rohlf_medal/index.html
Nominations can be submitted at: http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/rohlf_medal/apply.html
Reference letters can be submitted at: http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/rohlf_medal/reference_upload.html

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PhD position at Max Planck Institute, Jena

The Department of Archaeology of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is offering one 3-year funded PhD position centering on Olduvai Gorge. The candidate will conduct studies on Early Stone Age technology in close coordination and integration with an interdisciplinary research group. She/he should have a strong interest in, and ideally experience in, Human Evolutionary Studies, Palaeolithic Archaeology, and Lithic Technology. For more information on the Department of Archaeology, and on the research being conducted at Olduvai please visit our webpages: http://www.shh.mpg.de/323683/research_outline
https://olduvaigorgesds.com/about/. For more information about the position please visit the job posting here.

Swartkrans Field School 2019

Paleoanthropology Field School in South Africa
Summer 2019
Deadline for Applications March 2019
Contact Travis Pickering or Lindsay Heiser Barger
Additional information available at http://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/swartkrans

Swarkrans Cave site has provided the:

  • Largest sample (> 126 individuals) of Paranthropus robustus in the world
  • First evidence for the co-existence of two different hominid lineages (Homo erectus and Paranthropus robustus)
  • First and earliest evidence for controlled use of fire found anywhere c. 1 million years ago
  • First and earliest evidence of tool use with non-stone material (i.e. bone tools) c. 1.7 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. 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. The site's geological deposits span millions of years and sample several important events in human evolution.

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