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.

Šalitrena Field School in Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic Archaeology

Submitted 23 January 2015 by University of Winnipeg

Winnipeg fieldschool

A field school opportunity in Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic Archaeology, offered by The University of Winnipeg in collaboration with The National Museum (Belgrade) and Belgrade University, is now available to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. The field school will take place at the Middle- and Upper Paleolithic-bearing Šalitrena Cave site in the vicinity of Valjevo, Serbia. Students will participate in the excavation of the cave and the survey of the surrounding area, processing of artifacts and soil samples, as well as all phases of the documentation process and basic analyses of the recovered material. In addition to the field and lab ...

CARTA Public Symposium - How Language Evolves

Submitted 23 January 2015 by Ingrid Benirschke-Perkins

Join the live webcast! "How Language Evolves" is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, February 20th (1:00 – 5:30 pm PST), co-chaired by Roger Levy (UC San Diego) and David Perlmutter (UC San Diego).

This symposium addresses the question of how human language came to have the kind of structure it has today, focusing on three sources of evidence:

1) ways languages get new structure not present in the language of the previous generation(s) of speakers or signers;

2) what contrasts ...

AAPA Annual Meeting Program 2015 Program posted

Submitted 20 January 2015 by Ed Hagen

2015 Annual meeting logo

The PDF and mobile (online browsable) versions of the 2015 AAPA Annual Meeting have been posted:

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Call For abstract submissions: Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, May 27-30, Columbia, Missouri

Submitted 18 January 2015 by Karthik Panchanathan


Please consider submitting an abstract for a poster, presentation, or organized symposium to the 27th Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) Conference. HBES is the premier international organization for the study of evolution and human behavior. The membership includes researchers from a range of disciplines in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences. HBES publishes the journal Evolution and Human Behavior and holds an annual conference.

The 2015 conference will be held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri, from May 27–30. On the conference website, you can submit an abstract for a presentation; register for the conference ...

AAPA election email

Submitted 15 January 2015 by Ed Hagen

All regular members should have received an email with instructions for voting for two Executive Committee Member positions. If you believe you are a member in good standing and did not receive an email, please visit our membership page for details on renewing or confirming membership:

AAPA 2015 Annual Meeting update

Submitted 9 January 2015 by Anne Katzenberg

The 2015 Annual Meeting begins with the Undergraduate Research Symposium and Welcoming Reception on the evening of March 25 and ends with the Closing Reception on the evening of March 28. The program will be posted later in January.

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