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)

Bicknell, RDC, Ledogar, JA, Wroe, S, Gutzler, BC, Watson, WH, and Paterson, JR. "Computational biomechanical analyses demonstrate similar shell-crushing abilities in modern and ancient arthropods." Proceedings. Biological Sciences 285.1889 (October 24, 2018). Full Text

Mitchell, DR, Sherratt, E, Ledogar, JA, and Wroe, S. "The biomechanics of foraging determines face length among kangaroos and their relatives." Proceedings. Biological Sciences 285.1881 (June 2018). Full Text

Neaux, D, Sansalone, G, Ledogar, JA, Heins Ledogar, S, Luk, THY, and Wroe, S. "Basicranium and face: Assessing the impact of morphological integration on primate evolution." Journal of Human Evolution 118 (May 2018): 43-55. Full Text

Wroe, S, Parr, WCH, Ledogar, JA, Bourke, J, Evans, SP, Fiorenza, L, Benazzi, S, Hublin, J-J, Stringer, C, Kullmer, O, Curry, M, Rae, TC, and Yokley, TR. "Computer simulations show that Neanderthal facial morphology represents adaptation to cold and high energy demands, but not heavy biting." Proceedings. Biological Sciences 285.1876 (April 2018). Full Text

Ledogar, JA, Luk, THY, Perry, JMG, Neaux, D, and Wroe, S. "Biting mechanics and niche separation in a specialized clade of primate seed predators." Plos One 13.1 (January 11, 2018): e0190689-null. Full Text

Mitchell, DR, Sherratt, E, Sansalone, G, Ledogar, JA, Flavel, RJ, and Wroe, S. "Feeding Biomechanics Influences Craniofacial Morphology at the Subspecies Scale among Australian Pademelons (Macropodidae: Thylogale)(Accepted)." Journal of Mammalian Evolution (January 1, 2018). Full Text

Neaux, D, Bienvenu, T, Guy, F, Daver, G, Sansalone, G, Ledogar, JA, Rae, TC, Wroe, S, and Brunet, M. "Relationship between foramen magnum position and locomotion in extant and extinct hominoids." Journal of Human Evolution 113 (December 2017): 1-9. Full Text

Ledogar, JA, Benazzi, S, Smith, AL, Weber, GW, Carlson, KB, Dechow, PC, Grosse, IR, Ross, CF, Richmond, BG, Wright, BW, Wang, Q, Byron, C, Carlson, KJ, De Ruiter, DJ, Pryor Mcintosh, LC, and Strait, DS. "The Biomechanics of Bony Facial "Buttresses" in South African Australopiths: An Experimental Study Using Finite Element Analysis." Anatomical Record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007) 300.1 (January 2017): 171-195. Full Text

Prado, FB, Freire, AR, Cláudia Rossi, A, Ledogar, JA, Smith, AL, Dechow, PC, Strait, DS, Voigt, T, and Ross, CF. "Review of In Vivo Bone Strain Studies and Finite Element Models of the Zygomatic Complex in Humans and Nonhuman Primates: Implications for Clinical Research and Practice." Anatomical Record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007) 299.12 (December 2016): 1753-1778. Full Text

Pryor McIntosh, L, Strait, DS, Ledogar, JA, Smith, AL, Ross, CF, Wang, Q, Opperman, LA, and Dechow, PC. "Internal Bone Architecture in the Zygoma of Human and Pan." Anatomical Record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007) 299.12 (December 2016): 1704-1717. Full Text