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Center for Functional Anatomy

and Evolution

Dr. Elizabeth St. Clair

E-Mail: estclai2(at)
Phone: 410-502-0412

1830 E. Monument St., Room 304
Baltimore, MD 21205 USA


PhD, Anthropology, Stony Brook University, 2012
MA, Anthropology, Stony Brook University, 2007
MSc, Human Evolution and Behaviour, University College London, 2002
BSc, Speech Sciences, University College London, 2000

Research Focuses

E-mail: estclai2(at)

  • Dental morphology and function
  • Eocene mammals
  • Primate evolution
  • CT imaging for paleontology and comparative anatomy

  • I am interested in craniodental adaptation and evolution in primates, with a focus on diversity in the dentition. For my dissertation and subsequent projects, I studied disparity in cranial and dental morphology in platyrrhine and strepsirrhine primates, and in plesiadapiforms, an extinct fossil radiation allied to primates and their relatives.

    I am interested in how teeth interact during mastication, and how occlusal relationships between teeth affect morphological co-variation. I use microCT approaches to imaging morphology to visualize and quantify small details of osteology and dental anatomy, and plan to extend this research into soft tissues of the head and neck in future projects.

    Special Links

    Curriculum Vitae available upon request.

    NSF Biological Anthropology Research Grant “Primate dental topographic and geometric morphology” 2012 US$111,106 (Co-PI, with PI Doug M Boyer, Duke University)


    St Clair, E.M., & Boyer, D. M. (2016) Lower molar shape and size in prosimian and platyrrhine primates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 161:237-258. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23021

    Perry, J.M.G., St Clair, E.M., and Hartstone-Rose, A. (2015) Craniomandibular signals of diet in adapids. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22811

    Perry, J.M.G., Bastian, M.L., St Clair, E.M., and Hartstone-Rose, A. (2015) Maximum ingested food size in captive anthropoids. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22779

    Winchester, J.M., Boyer, D.M., St Clair, E.M., Gosselin-Ildari, A.D., Cooke, S.B., and Ledogar, J.A. (2014) Dental topography of platyrrhines and prosimians: convergence and contrasts. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153: 29–44. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22398

    Boyer, D.M., Lipman, Y., St Clair, E.M., Puente, J., Patel, B.A., Funkhouser, T.A., Jernvall, J., and Daubechies, I. (2011) Algorithms to automatically quantify the geometric similarity of anatomical surfaces. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 108: 18221–18226. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1112822108

    St Clair, E.M., Boyer, D.M., Bloch, J.I., and Krause, D.W. (2010) First records of a triisodontine mammal, Goniacodon levisanus, in the late Paleocene of the northern Great Plains, North America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30: 604–608. DOI: (view from JVP)

    St Clair, E.M. (2007) Sexual dimorphism in the pelvis of Microcebus. International Journal of Primatology, 28: 1109–1122. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-007-9198-5