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
Phone: 
(919) 684-5664

Overview

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

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

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)

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