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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 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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The Time is Now  - A message from Paleoanthropology Society Members Bill Kimbel and Kaye Reed.

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University of Wisconsin Swartkrans Field School

Experience Paleoanthropology in South Africa

https://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=246

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 hominid lineages (Homo erectus 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.

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Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology

One of a Kind Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology Offered at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

The Center for Cognitive Archaeology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs has an opportunity for students to enroll in unique courses and earn a certificate in Cognitive Archaeology. Being an interdisciplinary field, a certificate in Cognitive Archeology could underpin a specialization in the topic for students in many disciplines. All classes and the certificate can be completed at the undergraduate or graduate level.

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Doctoral Student Position in Isotope Zooarchaeology at the Max Planck Institute

The Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany), invites applications for a doctoral candidate position (PhD) focusing on isotopic analysis of zooarchaeological remains from Palaeolithic sites. In the Department, palaeoanthropological research is conducted within a multidisciplinary environment involving groups of scientists including biological anthropologists, Palaeolithic archaeologists, archaeological scientists, and geochronologists. Isotope mass spectrometry forms a significant component of the archaeological sciences group with a well-equipped laboratory. More information about the Department and the labs can be found on our web site.

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