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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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The Time is Now  - A message from Paleoanthropology Society Members Bill Kimbel and Kaye Reed.

News & Announcements


NeanderART2018

International Conference under the aegis of UISPP (The International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences) and the auspices of IFRAO (The International Federation of Rock Art Organisations);

“Is there palaeoart before modern humans ?
Did Neanderthals or other early humans create ‘art’ ?”

Conference will be held at the University of Turin, Campus "Luigi Einaudi", Italy
From 22 to 26 August 2018

Academic sessions will be from 22 to 24 August 2018, followed by field trips to Neanderthal sites on 25 and 26 August (Fumane Cave, Verona, Italy and Ciota Ciara Cave, Borgosesia, Italy).

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Univ. Indiana Olduvai Field School

The course is geared towards an introductory level and the only requirement is a beginning course in either geology, anthropology or archeology. Information about the course and pertinent contact information can be found at http://www.indiana.edu/~olduvai/.

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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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