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

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

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

Turnquist, JE, Schmitt, D, Rose, MD, and Cant, JGH. "Pendular motion in the brachiation of captive Lagothrix and Ateles." American Journal of Primatology 48.4 (1999): 263-281.

Schmitt, D. "Compliant walking in primates." Journal of Zoology 248.2 (1999): 149-160. Full Text

Hamrick, MW, Churchill, SE, Schmitt, D, and Hylander, WL. "EMG of the human flexor pollicis longus muscle: implications for the evolution of hominid tool use." J Hum Evol 34.2 (February 1998): 123-136. Full Text

Lemelin, P, and Schmitt, D. "The relation between hand morphology and quadrupedalism in primates." American journal of physical anthropology 105.2 (February 1998): 185-197. Full Text

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