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DavidStraitDavid  Strait

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Anthropology

Expertise: Paleoanthropology; human evolution; primate evolution; hominid; hominin; australopithecus; australopithecine; origin and evolution of bipedalism

Campus phone: (518) 442-4717
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David Strait is a paleoanthropologist who studies the evolution and functional anatomy of humans and other primates. Currently, he is undertaking several research projects, including reconstructing the phylogeny of early humans (phylogeny refers to the pattern of evolutionary relationships between species). Strait is also studying engineering methods to understand how the facial skeletons of humans and other primates withstand and adapt to the forces imposed by chewing. He also conducts paleontological field work in Zambia. Aside from these major projects, Strait has written about the ecological adaptations of early humans, and the origin and evolution of bipedalism.