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Adam David Sylvester, M.A., Ph.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Functional Anatomy and Evolution

Research Interests

Bone structure; Early hominin; human and primate locomotion; Functional anatomy of postcranial skeleton; Statistical analysis of biological shape more


At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Sylvester is an assistant professor in the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution. He has a background in anthropology and zoology.

His research focuses on understanding the way in which humans and non-human primates move through their environments. Movement is essential for finding food, water, safety and potential mates, and is therefore critical to a specie's ability to thrive. He studies the structure and interactions of bones and muscles to learn how they predict an animal's ability to move. more


  • Associate Professor of Functional Anatomy and Evolution

Departments / Divisions



  • B.S.; University of Tennessee (Tennessee) (1996)
  • M.A.; University of Tennessee (Tennessee) (2000)
  • Ph.D.; University of Tennessee (Tennessee) (2006)

Research & Publications


Lab Website: Adam D. Sylvester Lab

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Adam Sylvester on Bones, Movement and Rock Climbing, Fundamentals (3/21/2016)

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