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.

News & Announcements

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.


The Rohlf Medal - 2015 Call for Nominations

The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by the family and friends of F. James Rohlf to mark his 70th birthday. He has been a longtime Stony Brook University faculty member and is currently Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology.


Senior Archaeology Position - University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg

School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies
Professor/ Associate Professor in Archaeology

The School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies is seeking to appoint a Professor/Associate Professor with a specialization in Middle Stone Age/Middle Palaeolithic archaeology. The candidate will also be expected to commence employment on the 01 January 2016 and will teach aspects of the Earlier, and Later Stone Age. Preference will be given to candidates with an NRF rating, field experience and the ability to develop a local research focus.


New-Hands -- Old Hands gathering at the 2015 Annual Meeting


Then join us for the ‘New hands’ – ‘Old hands’ gathering at the 2015 Paleoanthropology Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Editors from leading journals will be on hand to answer your questions, offer insights on getting published, and advice on what to expect from peer review. Come meet the experts in this informal graduate-focused session.


Geology & Paleoanthropology Field Course at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

May 20 – June 25, 2015


This program offers exciting six-week study abroad experience in Tanzania at the world’s most famous archaeological site. During this intensive field course students will learn fundamentals of geology, paleontology, taphonomy and archaeology and receive first-hand experience. The course will emphasize field observations, data recording and interpretation with the goal of understanding physical and biological processes of human evolution. Students will have the opportunity to conduct field experiments such as stone knapping and bone taphonomy. Students will work closely with the instructors and prominent scientists currently doing research at the Olduvai site to develop and carry out independent research projects.


Oxford Associate Professorship of Palaeoanthropology

Grade 10a (36S): Salary from £44,620 p.a.
School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, 51-53 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE.
St Hugh’s College, Oxford OX2 6LE.
Start date: 1 September 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are invited for an Associate Professorship of Palaeoanthropology. The post is full-time, and subject to completion of a successful review, permanent. The appointment will be made in association with a 3-hour Lecturership in Palaeoanthropology at St Hugh’s College.


Leakey Foundation Reception

The Leakey Foundation would like to invite all attendees of the Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society to a reception on April 14th. We are looking forward to the opportunity to thank our reviewers, say hello to our grantees and welcome all of you to San Francisco! Join us for light snacks and beverages from 6pm to 8pm in the Chevallier Room located in the Hilton's Urban Tavern restaurant. You might want to arrive early as space is limited.

NSF Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) announces an Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants Competition for which the application deadline is April 2, 2015. It is expected to result in a single award of a maximum of $1,000,000. While eligible applicants must be affiliated and submit their proposal through a US institution, the competition is of potential interest to many Paleoanthropology Society members. Relevant information from the NSF website (www.nsf.gov) is appended below.



June 15 – July 15, 2015


This four week program offers students the opportunity to participate in a paleoanthropology fieldschool at the famous fossil hominin 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. The oldest finds at the site date between 1.9 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, and possible evidence of the control of fire by early hominins.