The annual Paleoanthropology Society meeting will be held in Denver on Tuesday and Wednesday March 22 and 23, 2022 in conjunction with the American Association of Biological Anthropologists. The conference hotel will be the Sheraton Denver Downtown. 

Non-concurrent oral and poster sessions will be held with oral presentations limited to 15 minutes. If you wish to have either a poster or oral presentation considered for inclusion, you must submit an abstract via the Society’s online submission system. before December 1.  Abstracts must not exceed 300 words of text (not counting address, title, acknowledgments, etc.), and those submitted by any other route will be declined. The web system will request the name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing and email address of all authors. Please consider the nature of the material you wish to present and on this basis decide whether a poster or oral presentation will be most effective: then click the appropriate box.
Partial travel support will be available for some individuals such as graduate students and other presenters who do not have "normal" access to travel funds. If you wish to apply for such funding please note this on the web form.
Please note: At the current time the AABA is planning an in-person (plus virtual) Denver meeting. If this meeting is cancelled, because of COVID or other complications, the in-person Paleoanthropology Society meeting will be replaced by a fully virtual conference.

The registration fee is $40 and annual membership in the Society is $20.  Both are payable in three ways (We would be grateful if individuals would use options 1 and 2 to the maximum extent possible):

  1. Electronically via Paypal. It allows the establishment of new accounts. Please follow this link. We very strongly request you to use this option.
  2. By check, payable in US dollars to "Paleoanthropology Society." Send to:
    John Yellen
    810 E Street SE
    Washington DC 20003
  3. By check or US dollars at registration

Recall that access to our electronic journal (PaleoAnthropology, now sponsored jointly with ESHE) is free to all, paid member or not, but your membership fees defray the cost of the cost of publishing the journal, as well as travel by students and international colleagues and other expenses, and they are much appreciated. Please check the Society web site for new and updated information on many topics.
You may contact the Society directly by email at

The Member Directory of our web site permits you to check and update your name and address (please advise the Secretary on the site if you find duplicate listings for yourself) and also determine if you have already paid your Society dues and meeting registration for a given year; note that our dues year begins on August 1, so we are now in the 2022 year.

Eric Delson, Paleoanthropology Society Secretary

Podium Abstracts

Application of adhesives and paints in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic
(based on materials from Mezmaiskaya cave, Russia)

Liubov Golovanova, Yulia Kostina, Vladimir Doronichev

Fossil macaque (Cercopithecidae, Primates) specimens from the Megalopolis basin Middle Pleistocene deposits, Greece

George Konidaris, Athanassios Athanassiou, Eleni Panagopoulou, Panagiotis Karkanas, Katerina Harvati

By Any Other Name: Historical & Contemporary Trends in Fossil Hominin Nicknames

Julien Riel-Salvatore, Lydia Pyne

Tinshemet Cave Project: Exploring a new Middle Paleolithic site in Israel

Yossi Zaidner, Marion Prévost, Reuven Yeshurun, Naomi Porat, Norbert Mercier, Hélène Valladas, Hila May, Rachel Sarig, Hershkovitz Israel

Measuring the computational complexity of artifact design in Paleolithic archaeology

John Hoffecker, Ian Hoffecker

Osteogenic potential of activity patterns and robusticity of the hominin skeleton

David Daegling

Testing the social, cognitive, and motor foundations of Paleolithic skill reproduction

Justin Pargeter, Cheng Liu, Megan Beney Kilgore, Aditi Majoe, Dietrich Stout

Correlated responses or divergent evolution: Perspectives on hominin canine evolution

Christa Kelly, Lucas Delezene

Facial ontogeny in Australopithecus afarensis: interpreting variation and its implication for early hominins phylogeny

Weldeyared Reda, Philipp Gunz, Zeresenay Alemseged

Reconstructing Late Pleistocene Bison and Mammoth ecology in Texas using stable isotopes

Joshua Porter, John Samuelsen, Celina Suarez, Adrianna Potra, Amelia Villaseñor

Seasonal carbon and oxygen isotope compositions from Lomekwi in the Turkana Basin, Kenya

Daniel Green, Olack Gerard, Smith Tanya, Williams Ian, Lewis Jason, Harmand Sonia, Uno Kevin, Colman Albert

Terrestrial signal in the forelimb of OH 36 (Paranthropus) and TM-266 (Sahelanthropus) questions their bipedal status

Marc Meyer, Jason Jung, Jeffrey Spear, Isabella Araiza, Scott Williams

The Aterian hominin fossils from Contrebandiers Cave, Morocco: a study of morphological continuity in Northern Africa

Sarah Freidline, Inga Bergmann, Philipp Gunz, Alexandra Schuh, Hajar Alichane, Aïcha Oujaa, Fatima Sbihi-Alaoui, Mohamed El-Hajraoui, Jean-Jacques Hublin

Trace element concentrations as screening tools for detecting diagenesis in archaeological hard tissue.

Alex Bertacchi, Andrew Zipkin

Tephrostratigraphy and archaeology in the Nyanza Rift, Kenya. 

Nick Blegen, J. Tyler Faith, Alison Mant-Melville

Developmentally-informed assessments of diagenesis in teeth

Tanya Smith, Christine Austin, Janaína Ávila, Daniel Green, Manish Arora

Tectonics and vertebrate diversity patterns at Olduvai gorge, Tanzania

Danielle Peltier, Jackson Njau

Tooth root deep phenotyping can identify population substructure in modern humans

Jason Gellis, Christopher Foley, Robert Foley

Bone tools from Beds II-IV, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, and implications for the origins and evolution of bone technology 

Michael Pante, Ignacio de la Torre, Francesco d'Errico, Jackson Njau, Robert Blumenschine

Environmental change and hominin evolution: building stronger links through understanding the environmental tolerances of present-day African mammals

Kathryn Sokolowski, Brian Codding, Andrew Du, J. Tyler Faith

Evaluating the reliability of lithic technology for detecting prehistoric migrations

Jonathan Paige, Charles Perreault

Evidence for bipedal locomotor diversity in the Plio-Pleistocene from external femoral diaphyseal morphology

Julia Aramendi, Paul O'Higgins, Antonio Profico, Diego González-Aguilera, Enrique Baquedano, Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo

Long durations and low temperatures: detection of prolonged heating in experimentally burnt bone exposed to air

Giulia Gallo, Mareike Stahlschmidt

Lost and found: New descriptions of Upper Paleolithic humans from Ksar Akil, Lebanon

Christian Tryon, Alejandra Ortiz, Shara Bailey

Modeling Stone Tool Raw Material Procurement around Sehonghong Rockshelter in the Eastern Lesotho Highlands

Alex Gregory, Justin Pargeter

Multiproxy analyses indicate that new middle Pliocene hominin fossils from East Turkana are associated with grassy woodlands amid regional and temporal shifts in aridity

Amelia Villaseñor, Kevin Uno, Rahab Kinyanjui, Anna K. Behrensmeyer, René Bobe, Eldert Advokaat, Marion Bamford, Susana Carvalho, Ashley S. Hammond, Dan V. Palcu, Mark Sier, Carol V. Ward, David R. Braun

New excavations of the rockshelter of Ain Difla in Jordan and the regional Initial Upper Paleolithic

Zeljko Rezek, Tobias Lauer, Zenobia Jacobs, Mareike Stahlschmidt, Detlev Degering, Helen Fewlass, Jean-Jacques Hublin, Matthias Meyer, Sarah Pederzani, Robert Power, Geoff Smith, Dustin White, Abdullah Rawashdeh, Mohammed Dabain

Origins of the Middle Stone Age: Potential Insight from the Olorgesailie Kenya Paleolake Basin

John Yellen, Alison Brooks

Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of Gona, Ethiopia between ~3-1 Ma using stable carbon and oxygen isotopes.

Amanda Leiss, Sileshi Semaw, Michael Rogers, Naomi Levin

PyLithics: A Python package for stone tool analysis

Robert Foley, Gellis Jason, Camila Rangel Smith

Taming Nomenclature in Paleoanthropolog

Denné Reed, Emily Raney, Johnson Jyhreh

Why Did Projectile-Point Size Increase in the Andean Altiplano Archaic? An Experimental Atlatl Analysis

Caleb Chen, Luis Flores-Blanco, Randall Haas

Poster Abstracts

A comprehensive analysis of use-wear traces and organic residues on Middle Paleolithic artifacts from Saradj-Chuko Grotto, Northern Caucasus, Russia

Ekaterina Doronicheva, Kostina Yulia, Galina Poplevko, Elena Revina

 Reconstructing the paleohabitat of Pliocene Hadar hominin using bone surface modification analysis

Tewabe Negash, Mulugeta Feseha, Ignacio A Lazagabaster, Jessica Thompson

A first look at the LSA lithic assemblage of KLT-1 (Gona, Ethiopia)

Cheng Liu, Michael Rogers, Sileshi Semaw

A first look at the LSA lithic assemblage of KLT-1 (Gona, Ethiopia)

Cheng Liu, Michael Rogers, Sileshi Semaw

Neotaphonomy of a landscape bone assemblage in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Charles P. Egeland, Ryan M. Byerly, Cynthia M. Fadem, Alaz D. Peker

A reflection on use-wear analysis of abraded ochre

Iris Querenet Onfroy de Breville, Hélène Salomon

Evaluating a commonly used method for placing confidence intervals on the ends of hominin temporal ranges

Andrew Du, Eric Friedlander, J. Tyler Faith

Ostrich eggshell and giant land snail: food, ornaments, and environmental indicators in the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene of Malawi

Hannah M Keller, Jessica C. Thompson, David Rafael McCormick Alcorta, Nishi Singh, Potiphar Kaliba

Technical Considerations for Observing, Documenting and Interpreting Feeding Traces in the Fossil Record

Thomas W LaBarge, Jackson K Njau

A taphonomic study of tortoise remains from the Later Stone Age (LSA) in the Kasitu Valley, Malawi

Alyssa Enny, Jessica C. Thompson, Potiphar Kaliba

Further morphological assessment of a partial hominin pelvis (DNH 43) from the site of Drimolen, South Africa.

Ellie Berg, Ashley S. Hammond, Anna G. Warrener, Mary Shirley Mitchell, Stephanie E. Baker, Andy I.R. Herries, David S. Strait, Caley M. Orr

Is Paranthropus boisei an environmental specialist compared to early Homo? Evaluating faunal evidence from the Koobi Fora Formation, Kenya

Kaedan O'Brien, Nicholas Hebdon, J. Tyler Faith

A Multiproxy Paleoecological Comparison of 2.8 Ma Hominin Sites

Denise F. Su, Kaye E. Reed, Maryse D. Beirnat, Eunice F. Lalunio, Yemane G. Tsige, Kailee Bow, Ruth Brenton, Madeleine Oricchio, Jacob Robbins, Susan Zamora

Landscape connectivity and hominin movement in late Pleistocene Central Asia

Katharine Horton, Michelle Glantz

Landscape level vegetation study in modern African ecosystems: Implications for Hominin Environments

Enquye Negash, W. Andrew Barr

Middle and Later Stone Age Faunal Remains from the Renewed Excavations at Border Cave (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa): Preliminary Results

Jamie L. Clark, Lucinda Backwell, Francesco d'Errico, Dominic Stratford, Lyn Wadley

Preliminary Lithic Technological Analysis of Solak-1, an Open-air Upper Paleolithic site in the Armenian Highlands

Tanner Z. Kovach, Yannick Raczynski-Henk, Ellery Frahm, Jayson P. Gill, Keith N. Wilkinson, Artur Petrosyan, Boris Gasparyan, Daniel S. Adler

Serial sampled equid enamel as a window on final Middle Stone Age seasonality at Sehonghong Rockshelter, highland Lesotho

Alexandra L. Norwood, Brian A. Stewart, Yuchao Zhao, John Kingston

Shape and size variability in Upper Paleolithic Magdalenian rondelles: Dimensions of interaction and implications for different production sequences


Marlena Billings, Giulia Gallo

The Roof Has Fallen: An Actualistic Experiment to Characterize The Taphonomic Signature of Roof Fall

Alexandru Hajdu, Kaplan Robert