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.

Meeting Update

The Paleoanthropology Society announces, with regret, cancellation of our 2020 annual meeting in Los Angeles. Our "host organization", the AAPA, has cancelled their meeting which provided us with rooms, and the current health situation militates against a large gathering in any case. Registration fees will be returned unless members wish to notify us that they would consider their fee a donation to the Society. 

The Society is exploring the possibility of uploading to our website posters as well as poster or possibly video presentations of planned oral talks. We shall make further information available on the website (www.paleoanthro.org).

Prof. John Kappelman of the University of Texas at Austin has generously made available to all colleagues at no cost the current version of his software package Virtual Laboratories for Physical Anthropology, in case this will help us to prepare approaches to online instruction. Details are available on our website.

News & Announcements

3-year PhD fellowship (post-MA) in Palaeoproteomics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra

We are recruiting candidates for a PhD position in Palaeoproteomics, starting September 1 , 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is part of the European Training Network “PUSHH: Palaeoproteomics to Unleash Studies on Human History” www.pushh-etn.eu, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 861389.

Deadline for applications is June 2020.



Coronavirus response: transitioning hands-on bioanthropology labs to online teaching

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, are you now required to migrate your in-person lecture and hands-on lab courses to an online format? Videoing our lectures is one thing, but producing meaningful online interactive labs that can replace hands-on labs is another, and this requirement is especially challenging at the introductory level.

Nearly 25 years ago, John Kappelman and colleagues at The University of Texas at Austin developed Virtual Laboratories for Physical Anthropology. Virtual Labs offer a full semester of interactive materials that include the entire range of topics covered in an introductory course (TOC below); furthermore, the subset of five labs on human evolution are sufficiently detailed that they can be assigned for an upper division course on human evolution.