Daniel Oliver Schmitt

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

External address: 
203 Biological Sciences Buildi, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-5664


My primary interest is in the evolution of primate locomotion. I am studying the mechanics of movement in primates and other vertebrates in the laboratory to understand the relationship between movement and postcranial morphology, and the unique nature of primates among mammals. Current projects include the origins of primate locomotion and the evolution of vertebrate bipedalism.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook 1995

Kay, RF, Schmitt, D, Vinyard, CJ, Perry, JMG, Shigehara, N, Takai, M, and Egi, N. "The paleobiology of Amphipithecidae, South Asian late Eocene primates." J Hum Evol 46.1 (January 2004): 3-25.

Lemelin, P, and Schmitt, D. "easonal variation in body mass and locomotor dynamics of the fat-tailed dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus medius)." Journal of Morphology 260 (2004): 65-71. (Academic Article)

Schmitt, D, and Hanna, J. "Substrate alters forelimb to hindlimb peak force ratios on primates." Journal of Human Evolution 46 (2004): 237-252. (Academic Article)

Schmitt, D, and Lemelin, P. "Locomotor mechanics of the slender loris." Journal of Human Evolution 47 (2004): 85-94. (Academic Article)

Vinyard, CJ, and Schmitt, D. "New technique for studying reaction forces during primate behaviors on vertical substrates." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 125.4 (2004): 343-351. Full Text

Schmitt, D, and Lemelin, P. "Locomotor mechanics of the slender loris (Loris tardigradus)." Journal of Human Evolution 47.1-2 (2004): 85-94. Full Text

Schmitt, D, and Hanna, JB. "Substrate alters forelimb to hindlimb peak force ratios in primates." Journal of Human Evolution 46.3 (2004): 239-254.

Schmitt, D, Churchill, SE, and Hylander, WL. "Experimental evidence concerning spear use in Neandertals and early modern humans." Journal of Archaeological Science 30.1 (2003): 103-114. Full Text