Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)

  • Michael A. Little
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_746

Basic Information

The American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) was founded in 1930 after being proposed to and supported by Section H (Anthropology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1928. Aleš Hrdlička was the principle driving force behind the founding of the AAPA, also having launched the American Journal of Physical Anthropology (AJPA) in 1918. Hrdlička served as the first editor of the journal (1918-1942) and the first President of the AAPA (1930-1931). An early history of the AAPA in Spanish can be found in Comas (1969) with an English translation by Alfonso and Little (2005). Today, the AAPA (http://www.physanth.org/) has grown from its charter membership of 83 in 1930 to a membership of nearly 2,000 physical or, as often called, biological anthropologists. The early members were drawn from anatomical, medical, and anthropological professions, whereas contemporary membership is broadly represented by the biological, medical, and...

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Further Reading

  1. Brace, C.L. 2005. “Race” is a four-letter word: the genesis of the concept. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Spencer, F. (ed.) 1997. History of physical anthropology: an encyclopedia. New York: Garland.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Binghamton University, SUNYNew YorkUSA