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.

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Swartkrans Field School

Experience Paleoanthropology in South Africa
(June 15 – July 15, 2016)

The Swartkrans Cave site (https://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.


2015 Recipient of the Rohlf Medal Medal Announced

The 2015 recipient of the
Rohlf Medal for Excellence in Morphometric Methods and Applications
will be

Benedikt Hallgrímsson

Benedikt Hallgrímsson, Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary, combines developmental genetics with 3D imaging and morphometrics to address the developmental basis and evolutionary significance of phenotypic variation and variability of the mammalian craniofacial complex, with special reference to animal analogues of human craniofacial dysmorphology. His studies combine the quantitative power and detailed anatomical characterization of phenotypic effects that morphometric methods provide with inferences to the developmental processes responsible for those effects.

Recently he has pioneered applications of geometric morphometrics to large samples of embryos, potentially rendering high-throughput morphometric analysis a tool just as relevant to medicine as to developmental biology or morphometrics. That geometric morphometrics is now widely accepted as a technique in developmental biology is largely due to Hallgrimsson's work in his laboratory and in his role as editor of the journal Evolutionary Biology. For his excellence in evo-devo morphometric research, for his advances in the imaging technology that drives the research, and for his varied and energetic efforts at disseminating all this to a broad variety of audiences, Benedikt Hallgrimsson richly deserves the honor of this third Rohlf Medal for Excellence in Morphometrics.


UC Davis Molecular Anthropology Position

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Molecular Anthropology. Ph.D. must be completed by the first day of courses (September 2016).

We seek applicants with a strong commitment to original research and scientific publication on using genetic and genomic data to illuminate human or non-human primate evolution (phylogeny, demography, adaptation), with a background in bioinformatics, molecular biology, and/or population genetics. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional promise as scholars and teachers.


Scientist Position in Archaeological Science Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

The Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany), invites applications for a research position in *isotopic studies*.


Conference on Major Transitions in Human Evolution

The rich human palaeoanthropological record shows an unexpectedly complex pattern in the tempo and mode of human evolution. Evidence for many of the key phases is found in East Africa, and has been shaped by critical discoveries by teams led by Richard Leakey, or work inspired by his finds. The meeting focuses on key evolutionary transitions to understand the interaction of biology, behaviour, culture and environment.


Max Planck - Junior Scientist Position in Luminescent Dating

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Leipzig, Germany

The Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany), invites applications for a post-doctoral position in luminescence dating. In the Department, palaeoanthropological research is conducted within a multidisciplinary environment involving groups of scientists including biological anthropologists, Palaeolithic archaeologists, archaeological scientists, and geochronologists. Luminescence dating forms a significant component of the geochronology group (integrating radiocarbon, U-series and luminescence dating) with a well-equipped laboratory. More information about the Department and the luminescence lab can be found on our web site.