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.

News & Announcements

Post-Doctoral Associate: Human Evolutionary Morphology Research Foundation, University at Buffalo, SUNY

The Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo, SUNY invites applications for a fixed-term two-year Postdoctoral Associate in Human Evolutionary Morphology. The successful candidate will play an integral role in developing and contributing to the newly established Buffalo Human Evolutionary Morphology Laboratory (BHEML) directed by Dr. Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel (PI). The role will involve conducting original research within the general area of human evolutionary morphology, database compilation, statistical analysis, and contributing to the training and supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. It is expected that the successful candidate possess strong analytical skills in geometric morphometrics, virtual anthropology and/or other statistical shape analysis techniques. A strong background in evolutionary biology is also essential. In their applications, candidates should emphasize how their research experience and interests integrate with those of the PI. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment and must have received their Ph.D. degree within the past five years.


NSF Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) announces an Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants Competition for which the application deadline is April 2, 2015. It is expected to result in a single award of a maximum of $1,000,000. While eligible applicants must be affiliated and submit their proposal through a US institution, the competition is of potential interest to many Paleoanthropology Society members. Relevant information from the NSF website (www.nsf.gov) is appended below.


Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Closing date: February 10th, 2015.

Dr. Stephen Lycett (Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo, SUNY) seeks applications for a two-year (fixed-term) Post-Doctoral research associate. The successful applicant will play an integral role in an ongoing research project on the cultural transmission and evolution of material culture. The successful candidate will be a member of the newly established Evolutionary Anthropology Laboratory within the Department of Anthropology at UB, and will be expected to work closely with an interdisciplinary research team. The major activities and responsibilities of this position include: running of cultural transmission experiments, literature research and data analysis, laboratory operations assistance, and contributing to training and laboratory supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to, and have co-authorship on, peer-reviewed publications, as well as develop their own research under the supervision of Dr. Lycett.


IHO-ASU Postdoc Postion

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Job # 10864)
Institute of Human Origins
Arizona State University

The Institute of Human Origins (IHO), a research center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to support a multi-year, transdisciplinary research grant, “Evolutionary Foundation of Human Uniqueness: Recovering Patterns of Cognition, Cumulative Culture, and Cooperation,” from the John Templeton Foundation. Anticipated start date is November 2014, but a later start date up through January 2015 may be possible.


2015 INQUA Symposium on Asian Paleoenvironments

Dear colleagues,
We would like to draw your attention to the following interdisciplinary session to be held at INQUA 2015 in Nagoya, Japan:

H21: From the shores of the Caspian to the Tian Shan foothills: paleoenvironments and human behavioral adaptations in Central Asia

Radu Iovita (Monrepos Archaeological Research Centre and Museum, RGZM) Kathryn Fitzsimmons (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Link: http://convention.jtbcom.co.jp/inqua2015/session/h21.html

The deadline for abstract submission is 20 December, 2014, 23:59 UTC



June 15 – July 15, 2015


This four week program offers students the opportunity to participate in a paleoanthropology fieldschool at the famous fossil hominin 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. The oldest finds at the site date between 1.9 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, and possible evidence of the control of fire by early hominins.  


Archaeology Position at McGill University

The Department of Anthropology at McGill University invites applications to fill a permanent Tenure-Track position at the Assistant Professor level in Anthropological Archeology, beginning August 1, 2015. The successful candidate will have a strong, theoretically driven research program likely to generate significant insights into the relationship between the human past and present. Regional and temporal coverage are open. Competitive applicants must have outstanding records of teaching and research and demonstrate high potential for developing strong research programs supported by external funding. Successful candidates will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate theory courses, develop courses at all levels in their areas of specialization, and exhibit a commitment to service in the department and university. Candidates should have already completed the PhD or be very near completion.