Tracy L. Kivell, Visiting Assistant Professor

Tracy L. Kivell

Hominoid evolution Developmental and functional morphology Origin of hominin bipedalism

Office Location:  202 Biological Sciences Building
Office Phone:  919-684-6582
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By appointment

Ph.D.University of Toronto2007
MAUniversity of Toronto2002
Hon. B.Sc.University of Western Ontario/University of Toronto2001
Research Interests: Primate functional morphology, palaeontology and biomechanics, developmental morphology

functional morphology of the human and non-human primate postcranium, hominin and hominoid palaeontology, ontogeny, origin of hominin bipedalism, biomechanics of knuckle-walking in African apes, phylogenetic systematics


Hominoid evolution • developmental and functional morphology of postcranial skeleton • origin of hominin bipedalism

Representative Publications   (search)

  1. Kivell TL and Schmitt D, Evidence of independent evolution of knuckle-walking in African apes shows that humans did not evolve from a knuckle-walking ancestor, PNAS (PNAS (in press))
  2. Kivell,TL and Begun DR, New primate carpal bones from Rudabanya (late Miocene, Hungary): Taxonomic and functional implications (Journal of Human Evolution (in press))
  3. Begun DR and Kivell TL, Knuckle-walking in Sivapithecus: the combined effects of homology and homoplasy and its implications for the origin of human bipedalism, Journal of Human Evolution (Journal of Human Evolution (in review))
  4. Kivell TL, Doyle SK, Madden RH, Mitchell, TL, Sims, EL, An interactive method for teaching anatomy of the eye to medical students during ophthalmology clinical rotations, Anatomical Sciences Education (Anatomical Sciences Education (in press))
  5. Kivell TL, Begun DR. 2007, Frequency and timing of scaphoid-os centrale fusion in hominoids, Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 52 (Journal of Human Evolution 52:321-340)
  6. McGoogan K, Kivell TL, Hutchinson M, Young H, Blanchard S, Lehman SM. 2007, Conservation priorities for African primates using phylogenetic diversity measures, Journal of Biogeography, vol. 34 no. 11 (Journal of Biogeography, 34(11):1962-74)