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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
University of Calgary Paleoanthropology Position

The Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Palaeoanthropology starting July 1, 2015.

Research specializations are open; however, a scholar with interests in hominid evolution and ecology, including palaeoenvironment, diet, and health, would complement current strengths and align with strategic priorities. Geographic and temporal focus is open.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, maintain and grow an active research program with potential multidisciplinary collaboration, and engage in meaningful service activities within the department, faculty, university and community. The incumbent will also be responsible for managing and expanding the teaching paleoanthropology collection housed in the department.

The successful applicant must have a completed Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology or a related discipline, with a demonstrated expertise in Paleoanthropology, and a strong record of or potential for teaching and research excellence.

The Department of Anthropology & Archaeology is a multi-track program in biological anthropology, archaeology, and socio-cultural anthropology. We offer undergraduate (B.A. and B.Sc.) and graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) degrees. The department plays leading roles in anthropological and archaeological studies throughout the Americas as well as in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Along with a letter of application, applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, statement of citizenship, evidence of highest degree attained (such as a copy of the diploma), a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interest, and samples of scholarly work. Applicants should also provide the names and addresses (including email address) of three referees. Complete applications should be sent or emailed to:

Palaeoanthropology Search
c/o Julie Boyd,
Department of Anthropology and Archaeology University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Or by e–mail to: boydj@ucalgary.ca

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by November 30, 2014. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates and encourages diversity.


Washington University Biological Anthropology Position

We invite applications for a tenure-track appointment in Biological/Physical Anthropology to begin in fall 2015, at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We seek an anthropologist with a research specialization in Paleoanthropology, with an emphasis on the paleobiology of the human lineage (including Australopithecus sensu lato and Homo). The successful candidate will be an individual with expertise that involves analyzing aspects of the human paleontological record, in its Paleolithic and paleoecological context, to understand changes in human biology and behavior through human evolution. The individual should have appropriate training and skills in the relevant areas of human anatomy and biology with direct applications to the human fossil record. Active involvement in human paleontological and/or Paleolithic archeological fieldwork is desired. The successful candidate is expected to work with graduate students in developing research projects and have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Duties include teaching courses, advising students, conducting sponsored research, writing for publication, and university service.

Applications should consist of a Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter describing ongoing research and teaching interests, and the names and addresses (with emails) of three referees. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment. The primary qualification for this position is demonstrated excellence in empirical research and teaching. All materials should be sent as MSWord files or PDFs via e-mail with “Paleoanthropology Search” in the subject line to: M. McDowell .

Priority will be given to applications received on or before October 15, 2014, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment.The primary qualification for this position is demonstrated excellence in empirical research and teaching.


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.