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

IHO-ASU Postdoc Postion

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Job # 10864)
Institute of Human Origins
Arizona State University

The Institute of Human Origins (IHO), a research center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to support a multi-year, transdisciplinary research grant, “Evolutionary Foundation of Human Uniqueness: Recovering Patterns of Cognition, Cumulative Culture, and Cooperation,” from the John Templeton Foundation. Anticipated start date is November 2014, but a later start date up through January 2015 may be possible.


2015 INQUA Symposium on Asian Paleoenvironments

Dear colleagues,
We would like to draw your attention to the following interdisciplinary session to be held at INQUA 2015 in Nagoya, Japan:

H21: From the shores of the Caspian to the Tian Shan foothills: paleoenvironments and human behavioral adaptations in Central Asia

Radu Iovita (Monrepos Archaeological Research Centre and Museum, RGZM) Kathryn Fitzsimmons (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Link: http://convention.jtbcom.co.jp/inqua2015/session/h21.html

The deadline for abstract submission is 20 December, 2014, 23:59 UTC



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.  


Emory University, Dept. of Anthropology,

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Position #47182BR

Emory University Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Biological Anthropology. We seek a scientifically-oriented anthropologist pursuing theoretically rigorous study of behavior and ecology of free-ranging non-human primates. The ideal candidate will have an established field research program that will provide research opportunities for both the candidate and future graduate students. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree, have a strong research record, and be committed to quality teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Candidates also must be able and willing to regularly teach an introductory course in primatology. Ability to interact effectively with faculty in a broadly inclusive department is important.


Archaeology Position at McGill University

The Department of Anthropology at McGill University invites applications to fill a permanent Tenure-Track position at the Assistant Professor level in Anthropological Archeology, beginning August 1, 2015. The successful candidate will have a strong, theoretically driven research program likely to generate significant insights into the relationship between the human past and present. Regional and temporal coverage are open. Competitive applicants must have outstanding records of teaching and research and demonstrate high potential for developing strong research programs supported by external funding. Successful candidates will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate theory courses, develop courses at all levels in their areas of specialization, and exhibit a commitment to service in the department and university. Candidates should have already completed the PhD or be very near completion.


University of Calgary Paleoanthropology Position

The Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Palaeoanthropology starting July 1, 2015.

Research specializations are open; however, a scholar with interests in hominid evolution and ecology, including palaeoenvironment, diet, and health, would complement current strengths and align with strategic priorities. Geographic and temporal focus is open.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, maintain and grow an active research program with potential multidisciplinary collaboration, and engage in meaningful service activities within the department, faculty, university and community. The incumbent will also be responsible for managing and expanding the teaching paleoanthropology collection housed in the department.


Washington University Biological Anthropology Position

We invite applications for a tenure-track appointment in Biological/Physical Anthropology to begin in fall 2015, at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We seek an anthropologist with a research specialization in Paleoanthropology, with an emphasis on the paleobiology of the human lineage (including Australopithecus sensu lato and Homo). The successful candidate will be an individual with expertise that involves analyzing aspects of the human paleontological record, in its Paleolithic and paleoecological context, to understand changes in human biology and behavior through human evolution. The individual should have appropriate training and skills in the relevant areas of human anatomy and biology with direct applications to the human fossil record. Active involvement in human paleontological and/or Paleolithic archeological fieldwork is desired. The successful candidate is expected to work with graduate students in developing research projects and have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Duties include teaching courses, advising students, conducting sponsored research, writing for publication, and university service.