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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News & Announcements

PhD Student Position U. Calgary

The Stone Tools, Diet and Sociality research group located at the University of Calgary has an opening at the project for a new PhD student.

  • Institution: University of Calgary
  • Department: Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Location: 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start Date: January 2019
  • Hours: 40/week
  • Contract Type: SSHRC Partnership Grant: “Olduvai Gorge: Stone Tools, Diet, and Sociality”
  • Research Topic: Plio-Pleistocene Fauna from East Africa
  • Supervisors: Dr. Julio Mercader Florin

Job Description

  • Doctoral student able to participate in the extraction, description, taxonomic identification and taphonomic analysis of Pleistocene East African bone materials from Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania)


Swartkrans Field School 2019

Paleoanthropology Field School in South Africa
Summer 2019
Deadline for Applications March 2019
Contact Travis Pickering or Lindsay Heiser Barger
Additional information available at www.studyabroad.wisc.edu

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.