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Geometric Morphometrics and Phylogeny

Submitted 24 May 2015 by Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

Registration is open for the course "GEOMETRIC MORPHOMETRICS AND PHYLOGENY- 6th edition"


INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester, UK).

DATES: SEPTEMBER 7-11, 2015; 38 teaching hours.

PLACE: Facilities of the Centre of Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain).

Organized by: Transmitting Science, the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and the Council of Hostalets de Pierola.

More information: or writing to [email protected]

This course provides an overview of the interface between geometric morphometrics and phylogenetics. It aims ...

Paleoecology Symposium

Submitted 22 May 2015 by Denise Su

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

This September 10-12, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Case Western Reserve University are organizing a symposium on “Latest Methods in Reconstructing Cenozoic Terrestrial Environments and Ecological Communities.” This event will include: a public keynote presentation by Dr. John Flynn of the American Museum of Natural History on September 10 and a research workshop by 16 invited presenters on September 11-12, which also includes a poster session. This is an open invitation to students and faculty to attend the symposium and to submit abstracts for the poster session. There is no registration fee to attend the symposium, but attendees ...

The Anthropology of Hands conference

Submitted 15 May 2015 by Dr Tracy Kivell

The Anthropology of Hands conference, hosted by the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) on 24-26 June 2015.

This is an interdisciplinary conference looking broadly at human and non-human primate hands from a biological and social anthropology perspective, as well as from other evolutionary, biological and psychology disciplines.

There are several keynote speakers, but those particularly relevant to researchers interested in biological anthropology include: Prof Carel van Schaik (University of Zurich) hand use and intelligence in great apes Prof Mary Marzke (Arizona State University) on the evolution of the human hand Dr Gillian Forrester (University of ...

A few spots left!!! Deadline extended to May 1 for UMass Bioarchaeology and Forensic Field School

Submitted 27 April 2015 by Sarah Mathena

We have extended the deadline for the 2015 UMass Bioarchaeology and Forensic Field School until May 1. Apply now at [email protected] Application materials can be found at our website at

The course will be divided into three units. The first unit will introduce students to field and laboratory techniques, including familiarity with the human skeletal system, recognizing what constitutes bioarchaeological or forensic data, and violence theory. The second unit will consist of excavations of a pseudo-crime scene and pseudo-archaeological burial. The third unit will focus on laboratory techniques used to ...

NEW! Middle Stone Age NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ethiopia

Submitted 27 April 2015 by John Kappelman

Announcing a new Research Experience for Undergraduates that combines a month of field work in the Middle Stone Age of Ethiopia with an additional month of museum-based research at the National Museum in Addis Ababa, or a month of laboratory-based research at one of several labs in the US with a focus in archaeology, paleoanthropology, paleontology, geochemistry, geology, archaeomagnetism, and chronology. Supporting Institutions: The University of Texas at Austin, University of Arkansas, Rutgers University, Southern Methodist University, INSTAAR, Illinois Geological Survey, and Addis Ababa University. Students will be recruited from a mix of two- and four-year US colleges with a ...

Cladistics workshop, June 2015, Barcelona, Spain

Submitted 21 April 2015 by Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

Registration is open for the workshop "QUANTITATIVE CLADISTICS AND USE OF TNT - 2nd Edition", June 29 - July 3, 2015. Instructors: Dr. Goloboff and Dr. Szumik (Conicet, Argentine).


PLACE: Facilities of the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain).



- Intro and Basics. Parsimony and phylogenetic systematics. Character optimisation and mapping. Most parsimonious reconstructions and specific changes. Input/output in TNT. Dataset formats. Using GB->TNT to create matrices. Instruction files. Options for graphic output (SVG, metafiles). Creation of “batch ...

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