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The 23nd Annual Meeting

The 2014 Paleoanthropology Society meeting will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8-9 in conjunction with the AAPA meetings Hyatt Regency Calgary Hotel and adjacent Calgary Convention Center. Please review the First Announcement and Call for Papers for more information.

The online abstract submission system is now closed.

The preliminary program, the final announcement, and the abstracts for the meetings are now available.

PaleoAnthropology Journal

PaleoAnthropology is published jointly by the Society and the University of Pennsylvania Museum. The journal is accessible free of charge to everyone, including non-members of the Paleoanthropology Society.

In addition to the publication of articles, book reviews, and the abstracts of the annual meetings of the Society, the journal accepts commentaries on articles, summaries of current work in the various fields of paleoanthropology. Articles are fully peer-reviewed and may contain large data files, numerous illustrations and links to visualizations; manuscripts based on dissertation work, up to entire dissertations, may be submitted as appropriate. As always, the journal depends on the contributions of scholars within the field, and the editors would like to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to think of our journal as an outlet for the presentation of your research.

Call for papers and Books to Review

Dissertations and Publications

The Society hosts doctoral dissertations (theses) in all areas relevant to our interests. The procedure is to send an abstract of the work and information about its source to the Society so that we may determine that its topic falls within the range of our coverage. A pdf file of the entire work may then be made available for download. To see what is already present or to submit an abstract for consideration, follow this link.

The Society now also hosts additional publications in the field of PaleoAnthropology. These are not publications of the Society but are being made available to the community via our web site. Follow this link to view these publications.

Announcements, Jobs and PhDs
Tephra 2014 Workshop


Tephra 2014 - Maximizing the potential of tephra for multidisciplinary science

3-7 August 2014
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon, USA
Apply by 15-April

We are pleased to welcome applications to take part in the workshop "Tephra 2014 - Maximizing the potential of tephra for multidisciplinary science", to be held on August 3-7 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA. Applications and abstract submissions are due by April 15.

Meeting details:
This 4-day workshop will discuss major developments, best practices, and future directions/needs in tephra studies from the perspectives of volcanology, tephrochronology, and Quaternary sciences. By bringing together a broad array of scientists who study tephra for different purposes, we also intend to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and data sharing.

Workshop registration will be limited to approximately 100 participants. We aim to include a broad representation of experienced scientists and students who work with tephra, who could benefit from tephra data, or who work in settings which may contain tephra. We specifically plan to include volcanologists, tephrochronologists, archaeologists, geochronologists, paleoclimatologists, paleoecologists, paleolimnologists, glaciologists, petrologists, tectonophysicists, Quaternary scientists, atmospheric scientists, data managers, and others. Early career scientists, post-doctoral researchers, and senior graduate students are also encouraged to apply.

Applications for financial support for the workshop (US NSF, PAGES, INQUA/INTAV) are pending. Should travel support become available, information will be posted on the meeting website. Members of CANQUA and QRA should contact their respective associations regarding potential travel support.

50 Questions Exercise:

In conjunction with the meeting, we will be conducting a 50 questions, challenges, and opportunities exercise. To contribute, please join the meeting's VHub group:https://vhub.org/groups/tephra2014 Wiki pages for this exercise will be available soon.

Tephra Data Working Group:

We also plan to establish a tephra data working group to build upon the collaboration and data sharing components of the workshop. This working group will explore ways to increase the discoverability and accessibility of tephra data to enhance tephra research and interdisciplinary collaboration. To contribute to the tephra data effort, please join the related VHub group: https://vhub.org/groups/tephrochronology

Conveners: Marcus Bursik, Steve Kuehn and Solene Pouget

On-site Host Committee: Michael Cummings, Scott Burns, and Martin Streck

Cooperating and sponsoring organizations include:

  • University at Buffalo
  • Concord University
  • Portland State University
  • VHub
  • Cities and Volcanoes
  • USGS

AAPA Lunceon

The American Association of Physical Anthropologists wishes to note that seats are still available for their annual luncheon to be held on Saturday, April 12. More information is available and tickets can be purchased through http://ucalgary.ca/AAPA2014/events/aapa-luncheon.


Human Anatomy Position at High Point University

The Department of Exercise Science in The School of Health Sciences at High Point University, http://health-sciences.highpoint.edu/, is currently accepting applications for a full-time, tenure track, 12 month, assistant/associate professor position in anatomy. A start date of June 2014 is expected. Qualifications and Experience: Qualified applicants must possess: 1) an earned doctorate in anatomy or a related field. ABDs near completion will be considered; 2) potential for excellence in teaching; 3) potential to establish a record of scholarly activity; 4) effective interpersonal communication skills; and 5) a willingness to embrace working in an inter-disciplinary atmosphere. Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following courses: human anatomy and direction of associated laboratory instruction, with the opportunity to teach electives appropriate for an undergraduate population. The successful applicant will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda. Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, research interests, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation with contact information by email to Dr. Mark Teaford at: mteaford@highpoint.edu.

The review process will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. High Point University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Swartkrans Field School
Experience Paleoanthropology in South Africa (July 25 – August 25, 2014)

The Swarkrans Cave site (http://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=246) 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 erectus (direct ancestor of modern humans)
  • Paranthropus robustus (extinct “cousin” of the genus Homo)
  • First and earliest evidence for controlled use of fire found anywhere c. 1.0 million years ago
  • First and earliest evidence of tool use with non-stone material (i.e. bone tools) c. 2.0 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 (http://swartkrans.org/). 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, and is part of the “Cradle of Humankind” World Heritage Site (http://www.gauteng.net/cradleofhumankind). 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 2.0 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. Most spectacularly, the site contains evidence of the earliest known use of fire by human ancestors, dated to about 1.0 million years old. Younger deposits at the site sample the Middle Stone Age archaeological traces of early Homo sapiens.

You will learn about these fascinating ancestors through a hands-on course that includes instruction in archaeological survey, site mapping, excavation, recording, artifact and fossil analysis (human and animal), and laboratory techniques. Fieldwork will be supplemented with occasional lectures, workshops and fossil locality tours with internationally recognized paleoanthropologists working at nearby sites.

The program is directed by Dr. Travis Pickering, Professor of Anthropology at UW-Madison. Over his seventeen years of working in South Africa, Professor Pickering has cultivated strong relationships with researchers in the area ensuring that students on this program will see original fossils and artifacts and receive site tours from the primary researchers in the field. The program is very comprehensive and expands beyond the bounds of simply excavating for four weeks at one site, including: visits to other nearby early hominin sites, such as Sterkfontein, Kromdraai, Drimolen and Malapa; visits to view important original fossils at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, in Pretoria (http://www.ditsong.org.za/naturalhistory.htm), and on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg (http://www.wits.ac.za/); a three-day ecology (lots of elephants and giraffes!) and Iron Age archaeology tour of Mapungubwe National Park (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/mapungubwe/); guest lectures by leading figures in African paleoanthropology, such as Professors Ron Clarke (discoverer of the famous “Little Foot” skeleton) and Francis Thackeray (director of the Institute for Human Evolution); and shopping days at the African Craft Market in Johannesburg (http://www.gauteng.net/attractions/entry/the_african_craft_market_of_rosebank/). The fieldschool is also privileged to stay at the n’Gomo Safari Lodge (http://www.ngomolodge.co.za/), where students live in permanent tents with flush toilets and hot showers. The lodge is at the back of the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve (http://www.rhinolion.co.za/home), where participants will see rhinos, zebra, and lots of other African animals everyday on the way to Swartkrans. Students will also have the opportunity to ride through the reserve on horseback and to play with baby lions and other big cats.

To apply or for more information contact: http://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=246 or
Erica Haas-Gallo (haasgallo@studyabroad.wisc.edu; 608-261-1020)
Travis Pickering (tpickering@wisc.edu; 608-262-5818)


Max Planck Postdoctoral Position
Max Planck Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

The newly established Max Planck Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany) invites applications for post-doctoral positions in the field of physical anthropology, palaeontology or zoology. The research track based in Leipzig will investigate bone and tooth structures with an emphasis on the evolutionary and functional morphology of the masticatory apparatus in primates and other mammals using morphometric, experimental and simulative approaches.

This research track will work in close contact with the Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and with the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

We would expect the successful candidates to participate in research projects related to one of the following topics:

  • Structure-Function studies of hard tissues (bone and teeth)
  • Anatomy and histology of masticatory muscles and tooth supporting structures
  • Kinematics and dynamics of the masticatory apparatus

We seek highly qualified and motivated candidates with experience in tomographic imaging, experimental stress/strain analysis, finite element modeling, motion analysis, material testing, microscopy, immunohistochemistry and/or geometric morphometrics.

These positions are set to begin as early as January 2014, and applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The initial length of the appointments will be two years, with an option for extension. The selected candidates should have a Ph.D. (or be close to completion) and a significant track record of research. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more physically impaired individuals and to increasing the share of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore expressly encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, reprints of selected publications, a short statement of research interests and the names of three referees should be sent to Dr Kornelius Kupczik (kornelius_kupczik@eva.mpg.de).



The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks a physical anthropologist who specializes in bioarchaeology at the Assistant Professor rank with an appointment date of July 1, 2014. Preference will be given to a scholar with a strong theoretical focus and a broad regional and temporal perspective. Skills in quantitative analysis, including multivariate statistics, database management and programming, and the ability to manage the department's Human Morphometrics Laboratory with its 3D laser scanners are also desirable skills. Programmatically, this new faculty member will be expected to continue several aspects of our existing program including undergraduate classes on Bioarchaeology, Human Variation, Human Evolution, and Comparative Osteology, and a graduate seminar on Physical Anthropology. This position entails other contributions to the department's research, teaching, and public service activities, including management of the department's Ossuary and interaction with Native American communities. Experience with issues relating to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and in forensics are also welcome. It is essential that this position be filled by a candidate able to maintain and expand the types of contributions that the late Professor Phillip Walker made to our educational programs, research programs, and public outreach. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The successful candidate must have Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2014, although the search committee will give preference to candidates with Ph.D. in hand at time of application. Applicants should apply and submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and a statement of teaching via UCSB's Recruit website at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00233 no later than November 15, 2013. Please direct any questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Amber VanDerwarker at searchbioarch@anth.ucsb.edu. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.