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
Ancient DNA workshop
The Society for American Archaeology is offering an online seminar titled Ancient DNA 101: What You Need to Know to Establish a Successful Project on December 3. If the December 3 date and time do not work as a viewing time, a recording of the seminar will be made available to those who registered for up to 2 months after the seminar date. Registration for the seminar will close on December 2 or when the seminar has filled.
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.