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by Ed Hagen last modified Jun 30, 2009 04:53 PM
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.

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National Academy of Sciences Award Nominations

National Academy of Sciences Award Nominations

by Ed Hagen last modified Jun 26, 2013 05:31 PM

Nominations are now being accepted for several awards listed below. Nominations will be accepted until 11:59pm EDT, Monday, September 30 2013.

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Transmitting Science courses and workshops in genomics, morphometrics, and other areas of biology

Transmitting Science courses and workshops in genomics, morphometrics, and other areas of biology

by Ed Hagen last modified Jun 19, 2013 11:54 AM

20% discount for AAPA members. Most courses meet in Spain.

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Primate Behavior and Ecology Field Course - La Suerte Biological Field Station

Primate Behavior and Ecology Field Course - La Suerte Biological Field Station

by Ed Hagen last modified Jun 10, 2013 11:12 PM

This field course, hosted by the La Suerte Biological Field Station, Costa Rica, will run from July 1st to July 27th, 2013. It will be taught by Dr. Christopher Schmitt (Postdoctoral Scholar with the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics, UCLA).

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AAPA Professional Development Grant leads to NSF award for Professor Sharon DeWitte

AAPA Professional Development Grant leads to NSF award for Professor Sharon DeWitte

by Ed Hagen last modified May 13, 2013 04:22 PM

The Black Death was one of the most destructive epidemics in history. Assistant Professor Sharon DeWitte at the University of South Carolina has been examining temporal changes in plague mortality patterns and the effects of the Black Death on the demographic and health conditions of surviving populations as a model for understanding the human response to emerging diseases. Funded by a 2012 AAPA Professional Development Grant, DeWitte collected paleodemographic data from several medieval London cemeteries. Among a number of interesting findings, DeWitte reports greater longevity combined with an increased frequency of periosteal lesions in the post-Black Death sample. DeWitte suggests that enhanced survival but relatively poor skeletal health at later adult ages might account for the post-Black Death pattern, a trend observed in living populations where improvements in mortality and longevity are often associated with declines in health status later in life. DeWitte is continuing her work on the health and demographic effects of the Black Death, having successfully turned her AAPA Professional Development Grant into a National Science Foundation award funded jointly by Biological Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology. Congratulations Professor DeWitte!

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American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Brief communication: Developmental versus functional three-dimensional geometric morphometric-based modularity of the human proximal humerus Apr 11, 2014
Animal teeth and human tools: A taphonomic odyssey in ice age Siberia. Edited By Christy G. Turner II, Nicolai D. Ovodov and Olga V. Pavlova Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2013. 490 pp. ISBN 9781607322245. $110.00 (hardcover). Apr 10, 2014
Behavioral flexibility of vervet monkeys in response to climatic and social variability Apr 07, 2014
Palaeodiet reconstruction in a woman with probable celiac disease: A stable isotope analysis of bone remains from the archaeological site of Cosa (Italy) Apr 07, 2014
Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Titis, Sakis, and Uacaris. Edited by Liza M. Veiga, Adrian A. Barnett, Stephen F.Ferrari, and Marilyn A. Norconk. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2013. 420 pp. ISBN 978-0-521-88158-6. $145.00 (hardcover). Apr 05, 2014
Obituary: Christy Gentry Turner II (November 28, 1933–July 27, 2013) Apr 03, 2014
Mission Cemeteries, Mission People: Historical and Evolutionary Dimensions of Intracemetery Bioarcheology in Spanish Florida. by Christopher M. Stojanowski. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. 2013. 304 pp. ISBN 978-0-8130-4463-7. $79.95 (cloth). Apr 03, 2014
Comparability of multiple data types from the bering strait region: Cranial and dental metrics and nonmetrics, mtDNA, and Y-chromosome DNA Mar 19, 2014
A synthetic biosocial model of fertility transition: Testing the relative contribution of embodied capital theory, changing cultural norms, and women's labor force participation Mar 14, 2014
Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins. Edited by John Gurche. New Haven: Yale University Press. 2013. 368 pp. ISBN 9780300182026. $49.95 (cloth) Mar 12, 2014
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