02 APRIL 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—More than 250 people from several continents gathered at Penn Museum on 27-28 March 2007 for the annual Paleoanthropology Society Meeting. The two-day conference was held in the Harrison Auditorium, with a bustling afternoon Poster Session on Tuesday afternoon, when Paleoanthropology researchers presented their research in a more informal session. Topics ranged from fossil fauna in Zambia, to assessment of age at death in Neandertal dental remains, to consideration of an "optimal" speed for human running. Founded in 1992, the Paleoanthropology Society includes researchers who deal with human evolution through several fields: archaeology, physical anthropology, genetics, geology, and dating.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 3260 South Streets on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. For general information, visitors may call (215) 898-4000, or visit the Museum’s award-winning website at http://www.penn.museum.