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, Albany 2015

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

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

Martin, J. M., et al. “Drimolen cranium DNH 155 documents microevolution in an early hominin species.” Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol. 5, no. 1, Jan. 2021, pp. 38–45. Scopus, doi:10.1038/s41559-020-01319-6. Full Text

Sansalone, G., et al. “Variation in the strength of allometry drives rates of evolution in primate brain shape.Proceedings. Biological Sciences, vol. 287, no. 1930, July 2020, p. 20200807. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rspb.2020.0807. 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, vol. 27, no. 2, June 2020, pp. 199–209. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s10914-018-9455-8. Full Text

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, p. 7076. 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. 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. 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, p. e0190689. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0190689. Full Text