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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Geology & Paleoanthropology Field Course at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

May 20 – June 25, 2015


This program offers exciting six-week study abroad experience in Tanzania at the world’s most famous archaeological site. During this intensive field course students will learn fundamentals of geology, paleontology, taphonomy and archaeology and receive first-hand experience. The course will emphasize field observations, data recording and interpretation with the goal of understanding physical and biological processes of human evolution. Students will have the opportunity to conduct field experiments such as stone knapping and bone taphonomy. Students will work closely with the instructors and prominent scientists currently doing research at the Olduvai site to develop and carry out independent research projects.


University of Louisville Visiting Professor Position

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Louisville invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology with an Old World archaeology focus, beginning August 2015. Research interests are open, but candidates should be prepared to teach introduction to archaeology, courses on lithic technology and the archaeology of modern human origins, archaeology of the Middle East. In addition, candidates must be able to develop graduate-level courses in their area of expertise. Preference given to the Arabian Peninsula, but other regions will be considered. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. Preferred candidate will have evidence of excellence in teaching, a current research project, completed professional papers and/or publications, willingness to involve students in research, and willingness to foster community engagement.


Oxford Associate Professorship of Palaeoanthropology

Grade 10a (36S): Salary from £44,620 p.a.
School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, 51-53 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE.
St Hugh’s College, Oxford OX2 6LE.
Start date: 1 September 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are invited for an Associate Professorship of Palaeoanthropology. The post is full-time, and subject to completion of a successful review, permanent. The appointment will be made in association with a 3-hour Lecturership in Palaeoanthropology at St Hugh’s College.


Midwestern University Anatomy Position

The Department of Anatomy invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants must be able to teach gross anatomy. Individuals with postdoctoral experience and additional teaching expertise in histology, embryology, or neuroanatomy will be given preference. Applicants are expected to be able to establish an independent research program capable of attracting extramural funding. Departmental research interests include: vertebrate evolutionary morphology, skeletal morphological variation and function, skull anatomy, geometric morphometrics, neuroplasticity and repair of the central and peripheral nervous system, neurotoxicity and the effects of ethanol on neuro immune responses.


Leakey Foundation Reception

The Leakey Foundation would like to invite all attendees of the Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society to a reception on April 14th. We are looking forward to the opportunity to thank our reviewers, say hello to our grantees and welcome all of you to San Francisco! Join us for light snacks and beverages from 6pm to 8pm in the Chevallier Room located in the Hilton's Urban Tavern restaurant. You might want to arrive early as space is limited.

NSF Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) announces an Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants Competition for which the application deadline is April 2, 2015. It is expected to result in a single award of a maximum of $1,000,000. While eligible applicants must be affiliated and submit their proposal through a US institution, the competition is of potential interest to many Paleoanthropology Society members. Relevant information from the NSF website (www.nsf.gov) is appended below.



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.