The Duke Animal Locomotion Laboratory, led by Professor Daniel Schmitt, uses techniques to study biomechanics of vertebrate locomotion with a focus on mammals in general and nonhuman primates and humans specifically. Research focuses on general functional anatomy, evolutionary aspects of limb anatomy and gait choice, the evolution of primate locomotion, and human musculoskeletal health.
The Duke Animal Locomotion Laboratory was established in the late 1990s by Daniel Schmitt and Pierre Lemelin. The initial goal of the lab was to use an experimental approach involving human and nonhuman primates to investigate the functional and evolutionary of gait in our phylogenetic order.
This slender loris was filmed for a biomechanical study (Schmitt and Lemelin 2004).