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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 http://www.umass.edu/bioarchaeology/aboutfieldschool.html

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).

AAPA MEMBERS HAVE A 20 % DISCOUNT ON THE FEE.

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

WEBPAGE: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/phylo/cladistics/

PROGRAM:

- 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 ...

CARTA Symposium on "Human-Climate Interactions and Evolution: Past and Future"

Submitted 17 April 2015 by Ingrid Benirschke-Perkins, CARTA Community Relations Director

Join the live webcast!

"Human-Climate Interactions and Evolution: Past and Future" is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, May 15th (1:00 – 5:30 pm PDT), co-chaired by Charles Kennel (Scripps Institute of Oceanography/UC San Diego) and Rick Potts (Smithsonian Institution).

Our early ancestors evolved on a drying, cooling, and highly variable planet, which has led to competing ideas as to how climate may have shaped human evolution. Equally compelling is the question of how and when humans began to affect their ...

Charles Darwin award winner 2015: Phyllis Dolhinow

Submitted 7 April 2015 by Brenda Baker

Phyllis Dolhinow

Charles Darwin award winner, Phyllis Dolhinow, with nominators Agustin Fuentes and Katie MacKinnon.

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