Kristi L. Lewton, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor of Clinical Integrative Anatomical Sciences
Phone+1 323 442 1629
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    University of Washington, SeattleBA06/2002Anthropology
    Arizona State University, TempeMA12/2004Anthropology
    Arizona State University, TempePhD12/2010Anthropology
    Harvard University, CambridgePreceptor/Postdoc12/2013Human Evolutionary Biology
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    Keck School of Medicine of USC2016Year I Faculty Teaching Award
    American Association of Anatomists2016Short-Term Visiting Scholarship
    Harvard University2013Certificate of Teaching Excellence
    American Association of Physical Anthropologists2010Mildred Trotter Prize
    Arizona State University2008  - 2010Dean's Advanced Scholarship
    School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University2008Donald H. Morris Award
    Arizona State University2002  - 2006NSF IGERT Fellowship in Neural and Musculoskeletal Adaptations in Form and Function
    University of Southern California2017  - 2018Undergraduate Research Associates Program
    University of Southern California2017  - 2018Zumberge Individual Research Award

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    Kristi Lewton is a biological anthropologist and evolutionary anatomist, and is an Assistant Professor at the Keck School of Medicine. Kristi received her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, her master's and doctoral degrees from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, and a postdoctoral preceptorship at Harvard University.

    Kristi Lewton's research focuses on the evolution of primate locomotor systems. She studies the anatomy and biomechanics of human and non-human primate hindlimbs to understand the evolution of these structures, integrating both comparative morphometric and experimental approaches. Her current work focuses on identifying adaptations to locomotion in the pelvis; examining patterns of integration, modularity, and evolvability of the pelvic girdle in primates, carnivores, and mice; and investigating the relationship between pelvic anatomy and metabolic cost of locomotion in humans. In addition to museum and laboratory research, Kristi has conducted paleoanthropological fieldwork surveying for hominin fossils in South Africa and Ethiopia.

    At the Keck School of Medicine, Kristi teaches human gross anatomy to first and second year medical students and graduate students.

    Kristi maintains Adjunct Assistant Professor appointments in the Department of Biological Sciences in Dornsife College and in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy in the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. In addition, she is a Research Associate in Mammalogy at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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    1. Lewton KL, Brankovic R, Byrd WA, Cruz D, Morales J, Shin S. The effects of phylogeny, body size, and locomotor behavior on the three-dimensional shape of the pelvis in extant carnivorans. PeerJ. 2020; 8:e8574. PMID: 32117630.
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    2. Lewton KL, Patel BA. Calcaneal elongation and bone strength in leaping galagids. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2019 Nov 11. PMID: 31710709.
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    3. Lewton KL, Ritzman T, Copes LE, Garland T, Capellini TD. Exercise-induced loading increases ilium cortical area in a selectively bred mouse model. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2019 03; 168(3):543-551. PMID: 30613937.
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    4. Sollaccio DR, Navo P, Ghiassi A, Orr CM, Patel BA, Lewton KL. Evaluation of Articular Surface Similarity of Hemi-Hamate Grafts and Proximal Middle Phalanx Morphology: A 3D Geometric Morphometric Approach. J Hand Surg Am. 2019 Feb; 44(2):121-128. PMID: 30017649.
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    5. Lewton KL. The effects of captive versus wild rearing environments on long bone articular surfaces in common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). PeerJ. 2017; 5:e3668. PMID: 28828263.
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    6. Lewton KL, Scott JE. Ischial Form as an Indicator of Bipedal Kinematics in Early Hominins: A Test Using Extant Anthropoids. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2017 05; 300(5):845-858. PMID: 28406569.
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    7. Lewton KL.. International Encyclopedia of Primatology. Ed: Fuentes, A. Bipedalism. 2017.
    8. Lewton KL, Dingwall HL. Morphological convergence in the pubis of slow-moving primates and xenarthrans. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2016 11; 161(3):381-397. PMID: 27377428.
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    9. Lewton KL. In vitro bone strain distributions in a sample of primate pelves. J Anat. 2015 May; 226(5):458-77. PMID: 25846322.
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    10. Warrener AG, Lewton KL, Pontzer H, Lieberman DE. A wider pelvis does not increase locomotor cost in humans, with implications for the evolution of childbirth. PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0118903. PMID: 25760381.
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    11. Nalley TK, Lewton KL. From the ground up: Integrative research in primate locomotion. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2015 Apr; 156(4):495-7. PMID: 25707761.
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    12. Lewton KL. Allometric scaling and locomotor function in the primate pelvis. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2015 Apr; 156(4):511-30. PMID: 25684745.
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    13. Lewton KL. Pelvic form and locomotor adaptation in strepsirrhine primates. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2015 Jan; 298(1):230-48. PMID: 25339080.
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    14. Morgan ME, Lewton KL, Kelley J, Otárola-Castillo E, Barry JC, Flynn LJ, Pilbeam D. A partial hominoid innominate from the Miocene of Pakistan: description and preliminary analyses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jan 06; 112(1):82-7. PMID: 25489095.
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    15. Lewton KL.. American Anthropologist. Complexity in biological anthropology in 2011: species, reproduction, and sociality. 2012; 114(2):196-202.
    16. Lewton KL.. Evolvability of the primate pelvic girdle. Evolutionary Biology. 2012; 39(1):126-139.
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