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

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.



Cambridge - Lecturer in Human Origins

The Department of Archaeology is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer in Human Origins and early evolution, to start on 1 September 2020, or as soon thereafter as possible. The successful candidate will be active in research and committed to teach in early human evolutionary studies. Applications are welcome in all branches of palaeoanthropology, although preference may be given to those with research experience and expertise in hominin palaeontology, especially early hominins.

Closing date: 31 March 2020.



UCL - Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at UCL is a research-led department with an international reputation, offering innovative teaching programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

We invite applications for a Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology. The successful candidate will be an outstanding academic of the highest potential, appointed to carry out research, teaching and administration in Evolutionary Anthropology.

Closing date: 7 March 2020



Fyssen Foundation Postdocs

The aim of the FYSSEN FOUNDATION is to “encourage all forms of scientific inquiry into cognitive mechanisms, including thought and reasoning, which underlie animal and human behaviour; their biological and cultural bases, and phylogenetic and ontogenetic development”.

The FYSSEN FOUNDATION will award grants for the training and support of POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS working on topics in keeping with the Foundation’s goal.

The Foundation will support researchs in domains such as:


Swartkrans Field School 2020

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 hominin lineages (Homo ergaster 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.