Physical anthropology is a biological science that deals with the adaptations, variability, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. Because it studies human biology in the context of human culture and behavior, physical anthropology is also a social science. The AAPA is the world's leading professional organization for physical anthropologists. Formed by 83 charter members in 1930, the AAPA now has an international membership of over 1,700. The Association's annual meetings draw more than a thousand scientists and students from all over the world.

Bioanthropology field school on the island of Astypalaia, Greece

Submitted 23 December 2014 by Simon Hillson

This five week field school takes place on Astypalaia, a small, beautiful island in the Aegean Sea and part of the Dodecanese region in Greece. It is based on a unique archaeological site – the largest ancient children’s cemetery in the world, with at least 3000 children’s burials. In the field laboratory students learn the specialist skills required to excavate, record, identify, conserve, measure and catalogue the tiny bones and teeth of young children. This is one of the few sites in the world where children’s remains are abundant enough to provide such experience. Everyone carries out all ...

Enamel hypoplasia workshop, Wednesday 24 March 2015, St Louis

Submitted 23 December 2014 by Dental Anthropology Association


Simon Hillson and Daniel Antoine are organising a workshop on Enamel Hypoplasia for the Dental Anthropology Association. It will be 10 am to 4 pm on 24 March at the AAPA annual meetings venue in St Louis, in a room to be announced. All are welcome, but please let Loren Leese ([email protected]) know if you wish to attend. A flier can be downloaded from

The workshop will focus on:

1. Defects of enamel hypoplasia under the microscope 2. The developmental differences between furrow, plane and pit-form defects 3. Methods for recording furrow-form ...

NSF Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants 2015

Submitted 16 December 2014 by Rebecca J. Ferrell

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The Biological Anthropology and Archaeology Programs are pleased to announce the continuation in 2015 of the Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants (IPG) competition. Prior competitions were held in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, contingent on availability of funds, the Programs plan to make a single award for a maximum total cost of $1,000,000 to support a multi-year project of up to five years in duration. Proposals are due April 2, 2015. See program announcement for additional details.

NSF Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)

Submitted 9 December 2014 by Rebecca J. Ferrell

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As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive ...

AAPA COD Women's Initiative awarded Elsevier New Scholars grant

Submitted 4 December 2014 by Robin Bernstein

The AAPA’s Committee on Diversity (COD) has made increasing diversity within physical anthropology a priority. We are pleased to announce that the COD Women’s Initiative Co-chairs Robin Bernstein (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Andrea Taylor (Duke University) have received a grant through the Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Program to create a self-sustaining infrastructure administered by the AAPA to improve the environment for all women physical anthropologists. This two-year grant will support career development initiatives including domestic and international career development workshops, and the creation of sustainable toolkits and webinars that can be easily accessed and widely shared in ...

Forensic Anthropology and Disaster Management

Submitted 14 November 2014 by Henk Leijenhorst, NFI Academy

This course focuses on forensic anthropology and disaster management, and combines theoretical background with elaborate practical training.

Standard forensic anthropological procedures will be discussed, as well as new developments in the respective fields. The goal of this course is to provide both practicing beginner and experienced medico-legal experts insight and training in the field of forensic anthropology.

Organizing committee: B. Kubat PhD MD; R. Gerretsen MSc MD and M. van Wijk MSc.

Target group: Practicing medico-legal experts (beginners and experts) Duration: Three successive days Number of participants: 30-40 Course location and dates: NFI Field Lab, The Hague; 15-17 april 2015 ...

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