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Center for Functional Anatomy

and Evolution

Heather L. Kristjanson


E-Mail: hkristj(at)jhmi.edu

1830 E. Monument St., Room 303
Baltimore, MD 21205 USA









Education

HBSc Biological Anthropology, University of Toronto, 2012

Research Focuses

Primate Origins
Stable Isotopes of Teeth
Reconstruction of Primate Paleodiet

My research focuses on using tree shrews (Scandentia) and strepsirrhine primates as extant analogues for reconstructing diet in plesiadapiform stem primates.

CT scans and dissections are used to biomechanically model chewing musculature, with a view to reconstructing the dietary capabilities of this group and expanding the existing body of research beyond a sole focus on teeth.

Plesiadapiformes are very close to the origin of all extant primates, so dietary information can help us to understand the ecological niche in which our own group first appeared.

Special Links

Curriculum Vitae available upon request.

Grants and Awards

Winner of 2015 annual C.G. Turner/Cambridge University Press poster competition at the AAPA Annual Meeting.

Publications

Kristjanson, H.L. and Perry, J.G.M. 2015. Estimating bite force in new plesiadapid material from Berru, France (Thanetian, ELMA) and considerations for reconstructing plesiadapiform jaw adductors from extant analogues. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts: 32A (Poster).

Kristjanson, H.L., Perry, J.G.M. and St Clair, E.M. 2015. Occlusal Patterns as Evidence of Functional Properties in Molars of Afradapis longicristatus (Primates, Adapidae). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153(S58): 161 (Poster).

Kristjanson, H.L., DeLeon, V.B. and Perry, J.G.M. 2014. A three-dimensional morphometric analysis of the basicranium in Parapithecus grangeri (Anthropoidea, Parapithecidae) and implications for anthropoid origins. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts: 60A (Poster).

Kristjanson, H.L., and Perry, J.G.M. 2014. Jaw adductor muscles in treeshrews: Implications for Plesiadapiforms and Primate origins. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153(S58): 161 (Poster).

Kristjanson, H.L. and Deleon, V.B. 2013. Retrodeformation of an Oligocene (33mya) skull of Parapithecus grangeri (Primates: Parapithecidae) using CT imaging. Hopkins Imaging Initiative (Poster).

Kristjanson, H.L., Prufrock, K.A. and Silcox, M.T. 2012. Body mass and shearing quotients of Microsyopidae (Mammalia, Primates) from the early Eocene, Bighorn Basin, WY (Wasatchian, NALMA):paleoecological implications for diet. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts: 123A (Poster).

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Perry