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

Schmitt, D. "Evolutionary implications of the unusual walking mechanics of the common marmoset (C. jacchus)." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 122.1 (2003): 28-37. Full Text

Schmitt, D, Churchill, SE, and Hylander, WL. "Experimental evidence concerning spear use in Neandertals and early modern humans." Journal of Archaeological Sciences 30 (2002): 101-112. (Academic Article)

Cartmill, M, Lemelin, P, and Schmitt, D. "Support polygons and symmetrical gaits in mammals." Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 136.3 (2002): 401-420. Full Text

Schmitt, D, and Lemelin, P. "Origins of primate locomotion: Gait mechanics of the woolly opossum." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 118.3 (2002): 231-238. Full Text

Krakauer, E, Lemelin, P, and Schmitt, D. "Hand and body position during locomotor behavior in the aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)." American Journal of Primatology 57.3 (2002): 105-118. Full Text

Larson, SG, Schmitt, D, Lemelin, P, and Hamrick, M. "Limb excursion during quadrupedal walking: How do primates compare to other mammals?." Journal of Zoology 255.3 (2001): 353-365. Full Text

Larson, SG, Schmitt, D, Lemelin, P, and Hamrick, M. "Uniqueness of primate forelimb posture during quadrupedal locomotion." American journal of physical anthropology 112.1 (May 2000): 87-101. Full Text