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.

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.

Lasker Award Winner 2015: Dennis O'Rourke

Submitted 7 April 2015 by Brenda Baker

Dennis O'Rourke

Lasker recipient, Dennis O’Rourke, with his nominator, Trudy Turner

Anatomy in Anthropology joint student awards 2015

Submitted 7 April 2015 by Brenda Baker

Anatomy in Anthropology joint student awards 2015

Best Podium Presentation (Left) Ian George Mapping Language Networks in the Human Brain.

Best Poster (Right) Zachariah Hubbell Age-Related Trends in Human Trabecular Bone Connectivity at the Cortical-Trabecular Interface in the Proximal Tibial Metaphysis.

Presented by Rebecca Jabbour.

Student Awards 2015

Submitted 7 April 2015 by Anthony Di Fiore


JAMES HERRERA (Stony Brook) Environmental instability and functional traits explain lemur ecological community structure (Poster) - Earnest Hooton Prize

MARYJKA BLASZCZYK (NYU) Boldness in wild vervet monkeys: individual differences and consistency across contexts (Podium) - Sherwood Washburn Prize

ELEANOR DOVE (Liverpool John Moores U) A (w)hole new idea: Using nutrient foramen location to identify relative growth and the center of ossification in juvenile tibiae (Poster) - Ales Hrldlicka Prize

MEGAN PETERSDORF (NYU) What can the skeleton tell us about flanging? Hard-tissue markers of cheek flanges in Mandrillus (Poster) - Primate Interest Group prize and Honorable Mention



UMass Bioarchaeology and Forensic Field School

Submitted 6 April 2015 by Sarah Mathena

This course introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist and forensic scientist in excavations of human remains. A few spots are still available for the 2015 UMass Bioarchaeology and Forensic Field School!

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 analyze the data generated from ...

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