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************************************************************ HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY RESEARCH / HUMEVO@GWUVM An Electronic Publication of the International Institute for Human Evolutionary Research The George Washington University, Washington, DC Vol. 2, No. 3 20 April, 1992 Editor: Dr. Noel T. Boaz (BOAZ@GWUVM) ************************************************************ BULLETIN BOARD ***Human Behavior and Evolution Society Meeting*** July 23-26, 1992, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Contact: M. Daly (Daly@McMaster.CA) ***Alan Wilson Memorial Conference*** "Ancient DNA, Human Origins, and Molecular Systematics" August 17-18, 1992, Wellington, New Zealand. Royal Society of New Zealand and Systematics Association of New Zealand Contact: P.J.Lockhart@massey.ac.nz ****New Journal*** "Evolutionary Anthropology is a new, bimonthly journal that canvasses the entire landscape of contemporary investigations into the origins of humans." It is published by Wiley-Liss, Inc. John Fleagle, SUNY Stony Brook, is the editor. For information telephone 212/850-6479 or write D. Paone, Wiley- Liss, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158-0012. NEWSLETTER At a meeting held April 7-8, 1992 just prior to the Society for American Archaeology in Pittsburgh, a new society of interest to human evolutionary scientists was formed. From John Yellen (JYELLEN@NSF): "At the Pittsburgh Paleoanthropology meeting, a decision was reached to form 'The Paleoanthropology Society'. The goal is to integrate knowledge from archaeology, physical anthropology and other relevant disciplines such as geology, paleontology, primatology, hunter gatherer studies, etc. to shed light on the history and process of human evolution. We have opted for a minimalist organizational structure and the purpose of the Society will be to hold annual meetings. No publication or newsletter is planned. Dues are set at $10.00 per year and John Yellen serves as coordinator. A formal notice will be issued shortly and individuals who wish to be placed on the mailing list should write to Yellen, c/o Anthropology Program - Room 320, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC 20550, USA. Approximately 120 individuals attended the Pittsburgh meeting. Sixty-two abstracts were submitted and 34 papers presented. The group expressed a desire to meet in conjunction with the AAPA [American Association of Physical Anthropologists] in Toronto in 1993 and in California with the Society for American Archaeology the following year." RESEARCH "Apes or Ancestors" was a conference held March 28, 1992 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The new discovery of a mid-Miocene (ca. 13 ma) ape half-mandible from Namibia, recently named Otavipithecus namibiensis by Glenn Conroy, et al., was the center piece. A number of other researchers brought specimens or casts to compare and contrast morphological attributes. Otavipithecus was a small ape with "puffy" molars and narrow incisors. One of the more unexpected aspects of the specimen's morphology was the claim that it had thin molar enamel, but others at the conference thought that this might be better termed "intermediate". A major change in opinion regarding the European dryopithecines has been made possible by new discoveries in Spain of Dryopithecus laeitanus, discussed by David Begun of Toronto. The facial morphology of Dryopithecus now clearly relates it to African great apes, and not to the Asian orangutan or Sivapithecus. The same can be said for an impressive skull of a Miocene ape from Greece, Ouranopithecus, discussed by Louis de Bonis of CNRS, Poitiers, France. De Bonis, however, believes that Ouranopithecus may have even been a phyletic hominid, a position not generally accepted by those at the conference. There was no consensus on a cladogram for Neogene hominoids, but interestingly, of the two summary cladograms under discussion, neither placed the hominids and chimps on the same clade distinct from gorillas, as most molecular data would now indicate. One posited a trichotomous cladogram and the other a shared gorilla-chimp clade distinct from hominids. EDUCATION A "State of the Science" Bioanthropological Summer Institute is being planned for June 7-12, 1993, to be held at the International Institute for Human Evolutionary Research on the George Washington University Virginia Campus outside Washington, DC near Dulles International Airport. Jack Kelso (KELSO_J@CUBLDR.EDU; University of Colorado) and Noel Boaz (BOAZ@GWU; IIHER) are co-organizers, and are anxious to have suggestions for session leaders as well as indications of individuals' interest in attending. The goal of the conference is to provide an update on developments in the various subdisciplines of biological anthropology for professional biological anthropologists and other interested scientists. The tentative list of topics to be covered is taken from Wienkers's and Bennett's 1992 paper "Trends and Developments..." [Amer. J. Phys. Anthrop. 87:383-393] and includes subdisciplines that are considered by most biological anthropologists as important now and in the future and subdisciplines in which they feel their training was deficient. Topics: Growth and Development Paleoanthropology Statistics and Computer Science Biomedical Anthropology Mitochondrial Studies in Human Evolution New Anatomical Imaging Methods Skeletal Biology Primatology The Human Genome Project and Bioanthropology New Instructional Methods The summer institute will cost $325 for the week, including accomodations, breakfasts and lunches, registration fee, and instructional materials.


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