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 2,200. The Association's annual meetings draw more than two thousand scientists and students from all over the world.


An Open Letter to Our Community in Response to Police Brutality Against African-Americans and a Call to Antiracist Action


Race does not have roots in biology but in policies of colonialism and oppression still with us today. The AAPA stands firmly with those seeking to change these systems, especially Black, Indigenous, and POC for their bravery in a world that has too long caused their suffering.

Click here to read the AAPA position on Race and Racism


AAPA 2020 Annual Meeting Information:
On March 13, 2020 at 5pm PST, the 2020 Annual Meetings was cancelled.
Please visit this page to view a letter from the AAPA Executive Committee on the decision to cancel.
March 17, 2020 : Please visit this page to view answers to Meeting Cancellation FAQs.
March 30, 2020: Please visit this page for updated information on Meeting Donations & Reimbursements.



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