Justin Ledogar

Justin Ledogar

Assistant Research Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Internal office address: 
130 Science Drive, Rm 103B, Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708


I am a biological anthropologist who studies the functional morphology and evolution of the craniofacial complex and teeth in primates. My primary research interests focus on understanding the feeding biomechanics and dietary adaptations of fossil hominins and extant primate species, including modern humans.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany 2015

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Professional Development Grant awarded by American Association of Physical Anthropology (2017)

Neaux, Dimitri, et al. “Morphological integration affects the evolution of midline cranial base, lateral basicranium, and face across primates..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 170, no. 1, Sept. 2019, pp. 37–47. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajpa.23899. Full Text

Tsang, Leah R., et al. “Raptor talon shape and biomechanical performance are controlled by relative prey size but not by allometry..” Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, May 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-43654-0. Full Text

Bicknell, Russell D. C., et al. “Computational biomechanical analyses demonstrate similar shell-crushing abilities in modern and ancient arthropods..” Proceedings. Biological Sciences, vol. 285, no. 1889, Oct. 2018. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.1935. Full Text

Mitchell, D. Rex, et al. “The biomechanics of foraging determines face length among kangaroos and their relatives..” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 285, no. 1881, June 2018. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.0845. Full Text

Neaux, Dimitri, et al. “Basicranium and face: Assessing the impact of morphological integration on primate evolution..” Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 118, May 2018, pp. 43–55. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2018.02.007. Full Text

Wroe, Stephen, et al. “Computer simulations show that Neanderthal facial morphology represents adaptation to cold and high energy demands, but not heavy biting..” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 285, no. 1876, Apr. 2018. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.0085. Full Text

Ledogar, Justin A., et al. “Biting mechanics and niche separation in a specialized clade of primate seed predators..” Plos One, vol. 13, no. 1, Jan. 2018. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0190689. Full Text

Mitchell, D. R., et al. “Feeding Biomechanics Influences Craniofacial Morphology at the Subspecies Scale among Australian Pademelons (Macropodidae: Thylogale).” Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Jan. 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10914-018-9455-8. Full Text

Neaux, Dimitri, et al. “Relationship between foramen magnum position and locomotion in extant and extinct hominoids..” Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 113, Dec. 2017, pp. 1–9. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.07.009. Full Text

Ledogar, Justin A., et al. “The Biomechanics of Bony Facial "Buttresses" in South African Australopiths: An Experimental Study Using Finite Element Analysis..” Anatomical Record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007), vol. 300, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 171–95. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ar.23492. Full Text