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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.

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Postdoctoral Scholar, Morphological Consequences of Hybridization in Primate and Human Evolution: A Macaque Model

We invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral position (with the possibility of extension for another six months) funded by a National Science Foundation grant (1720128), “Morphological consequences of hybridization in primate and human evolution: a macaque model”. More information about the grant can be found here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1720128&HistoricalAwards=false. The goal of the project is to use data collected on a large, multigenerational sample of Indian-Chinese macaque crosses from the California National Primate Research Center to better understand the relationship between morphology and admixture proportion and to develop criteria for detecting morphological evidence of admixture in the human fossil record.

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AMNH Human Origins Curator Posiiton

The Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), is conducting an open search for a position in Biological Anthropology with a specialization in paleoanthropology (human origins) at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Curator. This is a tenure-track position. For candidates showing notable experience and accomplishment, there is possibility of tenure at the time of appointment, pending review and determination through the Museum’s tenure process.

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Swartkrans Field School 2018

University of Wisconsin Study Abroad

Experience Paleoanthropology in South Africa

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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