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

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

Schmitt, D. "Humeral head shape as an indicator of locomotor behavior in extant strepsirhines and Eocene adapids." Folia primatologica; international journal of primatology 67.3 (1996): 137-151.

Schmitt, D, and Larson, SG. "Heel contact as a function of substrate type and speed in primates." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 96.1 (1995): 39-50. Full Text