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.

Statement on Sexual Harassment and Assault

The Paleoanthropology Society is committed to providing a safe space, free of threats, harassment or assault, to all of our members regardless of age, ethnicity, race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, marital status, or any other reason unrelated to professional performance. In this document, the concept of Paleoanthropology Society "member" includes both dues-paying and non-paying recipients of Society mailings.

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News & Announcements

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:


Junior Research Group Leader at Tubingen

The Humanities Center for Advanced Studies “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Trajectories of the Human Past” of the University of Tübingen (http://www.wordsandbones.uni-tuebingen.de) seeks to fill a position of a Junior Research Group Leader (TV-L E13, 100%) with an excellent publication and third-party funding track record. Areas of expertise include linguistics, evolutionary anthropology, archaeology, paleogenetics and/or related fields. The position should start at the earliest possible date and will be limited to 4 years.



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.