Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for users of open access journals.

Public Library Of Science (PLOS One)

PLOS ONE is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. PLOS ONE welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline.

Software Resources

Phylogeny Programs

Dr. Joe Felsenstein's collection of 392 Phylogeny Packages and 52 free web servers. An invaluable resource.

PAST: Paleontological statistics software package for education and data analysis.

Free software for scientific data analysis, with functions for data manipulation, plotting, univariate and multivariate statistics, ecological analysis, time series and spatial analysis, morphometrics and stratigraphy. Windows only, Mac version coming soon. Check for updates.


MacClade is a free computer program for phylogenetic analysis written by David Maddison and Wayne Maddison. Its analytical strength is in studies of character evolution. It also provides many tools for entering and editing data and phylogenies, and for producing tree diagrams and charts. Mac only.


Mesquite is free software for evolutionary biology, designed to help biologists analyze comparative data about organisms. Its emphasis is on phylogenetic analysis, but some of its modules concern population genetics, while others do non-phylogenetic multivariate analysis. All platforms.

The R Project for Statistical Computing

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Windows, Mac, variety of UNIX/LINUX platforms.

CRANID by Richard Wright

Free software package using 29 linear measurements to assess a skulls probable biological ancestry. Windows platform only.

Libre Office

Free, open source office suite. Word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, maintain databases compose math formulae. All platforms.


Free software to create, organize, index, search, link, and cross-reference your notes and sources Assemble, print, and export bibliographies, copy formatted references to clipboard, and import sources from online catalogs. Store entire articles, add extended comments on each card in a separate field, and find and highlight a particular word within a note or article. All platforms.

GIMP Image Manipulation Program

Free software for photo retouching, image authoring, and image composition. All platforms.


Free vector graphics editor. All platforms.

University Programs in Paleoanthropology, Anatomy, and Human Evolution

University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield's Graduate School’s outstanding reputation ensures that Sheffield frequently has visiting overseas staff and we welcome a significant number of overseas students each year. It is home to around 150 graduate students who arrive with first degrees in a range of subjects: Archaeology, Classics, History, Geography, Geology, Materials Science, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics or Computer Science. The department’s facilities include specialist laboratories.

University of York Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Human Evolutionary Origins

PALAEO is an interdisciplinary research centre in human evolution and palaeoecology that brings together York’s world-leading expertise in evolutionary anatomy, ancient DNA, biodiversity, psychology, palaeoenvironmental studies, prehistory and geochronology. The exceptional breadth of PALAEO allows the centre to take a fully-integrated, cross-disciplinary approach to major research questions in human evolution and its environmental setting.

University College London

The UCL Biological Anthropology section is one of the largest groups of academics in Europe focusing on evolution and ecology of humans and other primates. Research is grounded in an understanding of evolutionary history and extending to applied subjects such as conservation and human development.

New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology

NYCEP is an integrated graduate training and research program in primate behavioral and evolutionary biology, funded by an NSF training grant. NYCEP involves faculty from the City University of New York, Columbia University, and New York University and selected staff of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). 

Related Blogs and Websites

The Human Story

James Kendrick writes about the origins and evolutionary history of our species - Homo sapiens. Besides being a top researcher, James is also an excellent writer, breaking down complex theories and scientific jargon in to appealing, accessible summaries. In his own words - "My aim is to capture the imagination of the layman/laywoman with an interest in science." That he does.

Paleoanthropology Society

The Paleoanthropology Society's central goal is to bring together physical anthropologists, archaeologists, paleontologists, geologists and a range of other researchers whose work has the potential to shed light on hominid behavioral and biological evolution. 

Lawn Chair Anthropology

Dr. Zachary Cofran teaches biological anthropology and paleoanthropology at Nazarbayev in Kazakhstan. He also runs this informative and humorous blog. 

The Pleistocene Scene

Dr. Adam Van Arsdale's blog on human evolution, biological anthropology, and everyday life.

The Stone Age Institute

The Sone Age Institute is an independent research center dedicated to the archaeological study of human origins and technological development.

South African Palaeocave Survey

Doctor Kevin Kuykendall's ongoing project using data about historic lime mines located in the extensive Malmani Dolomites (with which South African hominid fossil sites from this period are associated) in addition to GIS methods to conduct a widespread regional field survey to locate new Plio-Pleistocene fossil sites.

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Invaluable resource for all things related to physical anthropology.

Malapa Articles

Professor Lee Berger's website contains articles, photographs, and supplementary materials for Australopithecus sediba. 


EvoAnth is Adam Benton's blog covering key topics in evolutionary anthropology and human origins. 


EU-BEADS investigates symbolically mediated behaviour of Early Upper Palaeolithic modern humans through the study of personal ornaments.