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Kristi L. Lewton, PhD


Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biokinesiology


Kristi Lewton is an adjunct assistant professor of biokinesiology, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in Dornsife College, and holds a primary appointment as assistant professor of Clinical Integrative Anatomical Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine. Trained as a biological anthropologist and evolutionary anatomist, her research focuses on the evolution of locomotor systems. Dr. Lewton studies the anatomy and biomechanics of human and non-human primate hindlimb skeletons to understand the evolution of these structures, integrating both comparative morphometric and experimental approaches.

  • Postdoctoral Preceptor, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 2010-2013
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology, Arizona State University, 2010
  • Master of Arts, Anthropology, Arizona State University, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Washington, 2002
  • Lewton KL, Ritzman T, Copes LE, Garland T Jr, Capellini TD. 2019. Exercise-induced loading increases ilium cortical area in a selectively bred mouse model. American Journal of Physical Anthropology168(3):543-551. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23770
  • Lewton KL and Scott JE. 2017. Ischial form as an indicator of bipedal kinematics in early hominins: a test using extant anthropoids. Anatomical Record300(5):845-858. DOI: 10.1002/ar.23543
  • Warrener AG, Lewton KL, Pontzer H, Lieberman DE. 2015. A wider pelvis does not increase locomotor cost in humans, with implications for the evolution of childbirth. PLOS ONE 10(3): e0118903.DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118903
  • Morgan ME, Lewton KL, Kelley J , Otárola-Castillo E, Barry JC, Flynn LJ, Pilbeam DR. 2015. A partial hominoid innominate from the Miocene of Pakistan: description and preliminary analyses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(1):82-87. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420275111