Professional Associations & Institutions

  • American Academy of Forensic Scientists – The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.
  • American Anthropological Association – “to promote the science of anthropology, to stimulate and coordinate the efforts of American anthropologists, to foster local and other societies devoted to anthropology, to serve as a bond among American anthropologists and anthropologic[al] organizations present and prospective, and to publish and encourage the publication of matter pertaining to anthropology”
  • The Archaeological Institute of America – The AIA exists to promote archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past worldwide. The Institute is committed to preserving the world’s archaeological resources and cultural heritage for the benefit of people in the present and in the future. Believing that greater understanding of the past enhances our shared sense of humanity and enriches our existence, the AIA seeks to educate people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery.
  • Dental Anthropological Association – The general nature, object and purpose of this Association shall be for any and all of the following purposes: (a) For the exchange of educational, scientific and scholarly knowledge in the field of dental anthropology. (b) To stimulate interest in the field of dental anthropology (c) To publish a journal.
  • The British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology – BABAO promotes the study of human bioarchaeology and osteoarchaeology for the purpose of understanding humanity from the past to the present. BABAO also provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on these topics and strives to improve standards in all aspects of the study of the biological remains of past and present peoples.
  • Human Origins Initiative of the Smithsonian Institution – ‘What does it mean to be human?’ The initiative’s goal is to explore the universal human story at its broadest time scale. It seeks to stimulate new research findings that deepen an understanding of what makes our species unique and how we came to be. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is committed to expanding the public understanding of human evolution.
  • The Leakey Foundation – The mission of The Leakey Foundation is to increase scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival. Inspired by Dr. Leakey’s interpretations of human evolution, a collective was formed to promote a multidisciplinary approach to explore human origins research. In 1968, several individuals founded The Leakey Foundation to support Louis and Mary Leakey’s fieldwork as well as encouraged the funding of young scientists and their groundbreaking research.
  • The Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology – The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology unites scientists with various backgrounds (natural sciences and humanities) whose aim is to investigate the history of humankind from an interdisciplinary perspective with the help of comparative analyses of genes, cultures, cognitive abilities, languages and social systems of past and present human populations as well as those of primates closely related to human beings.
  • The Royal Anthropological Institute – The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) is the world’s longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology (the study of humankind) in its broadest and most inclusive sense.
  • The Society for Vertebrate Paleontology - to advance the science of vertebrate paleontology and to serve the common interests and facilitate the cooperation of all persons concerned with the history, evolution, comparative anatomy, and taxonomy of vertebrate animals, as well as field occurrence, collection, and study of fossil vertebrates and the stratigraphy of the beds in which they are found. The society is also concerned with the conservation and preservation of fossil sites.
  • The Wenner Gren Foundation – The Wenner-Gren Foundation has three major goals – to support significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity’s biological and cultural origins, development and variation, to foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology, and to provide leadership at the forefronts of the discipline.

Twitter

  • Ciarán Brewster, ‏ @adhomininBiological anthropologist. Interests: Palaeoanthropology, Palaeolithic archaeology, human evolution, science, scepticism.
  • Barbara J King, ‏ @bjkingapeAnthropologist; writer. Being With Animals 2010; How Animals Grieve 2013; NPR.org’s 13.7 blog; TLS; freelance science. Ape-attuned, feral cat rescuer.
  • Darwin Evolved, ‏ @EvolvedDarwinThe latest news, articles, papers and debate from the world of Evolution.
  • Birute Mary Galdikas, @DrBiruteworking to save orangutans and forests since 1971.
  • Eric Michael Johnson, ‏ @ericmjohnsonScience writer, academic, primate. Creator of The @PrimateDiaries at Scientific American.
  • Human Origins at SI ‏ @HumanOrigins - The Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian is dedicated to understanding the scientific evidence for how the traits that make us human evolved.
  • Jill Pruetz, @jillpruetz - I study chimpanzees in the savannas of Senegal, West Africa (National Geographic Emerging Explorer & Biological Anthropologist at Iowa State University)
  • Kate Clancy, ‏ @KateClancyBiological anthropologist who studies reproduction, evolutionary medicine… and ladybusiness. Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois.
  • Kate Wong ‏ @katewongScientific American editor/writer covering paleontology, anthropology, archaeology, animal behavior etc; co-author of Lucy’s Legacy: the Quest for Human Origins.
  • R M Wragg Sykes, @LeMoustierNeanderthal researcher, birder, astronomer in another universe, consumer of science fiction, herb grower and dreamer of a space-faring future.
  • Lucy ASUIHO ‏ @LucyASUIHOLucy was discovered in 1974 by Don Johanson with the ASU Institute of Human Origins (ASUIHO). She has come to symbolize human evolution.
  • Matt Pope, @MatthewPopeHuman origins researcher at UCL. Study Neanderthals and stone age behavior and what it can teach us about modern life. I run long distances, kayak and hunt.
  • Joachim Neander, ‏ @NeandertalWatchProtecting the reputation of Neanderthals since 1856. A project by Christopher Seddon.
  • Caitlin S, @paleophile - doctoral candidate; paleoanthropologist; human evolution education specialist; jewelry-maker; collector of vintage goodies; dog owner & foster – also @sexandus
  • Jonathan Eisen, ‏ @phylogenomicsEvolutionary biologist, microbiology & genomics researcher, open science advocate, recovering Harvard/Stanford alum, prankster, cyclist, & professor at UC Davis.
  • Raymond Ho, @prancingpapioMA Psych student in Animal Behavior & Conservation. Primatologist. Anthropologist. Homosexual extraordinare. I heart kitties.
  • Ashlee, @SrsMonkeyBizUWMilwaukee graduate student studying anthropology, primatology, and medical anthropology. I love politics, primates, and diseases more than most should.
  • @taghioffAnthropologist, green activist and writer, check out my articles…
  • Leakey Foundation, @TheLeakeyFndtn - To increase scientific knowledge, education and public understanding of human origins evolution, behavior and survival.
  • Turkana Basin Institute, @turkanabasinThe Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) facilitates scientific research in the Lake Turkana Basin in northern Kenya.
  • wennergren.org, @WennerGrenOrgSupporting significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity’s biological and cultural origins.
  • @paleoanthTweeting updates from blogs on human evolution.
  • PAVE, ‏ @PaveCambridge - Phenotypic Adaptability, Variation and Evolution Research Group, University of Cambridge.