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.
Keck School of Medicine of USC: Year I Faculty Teaching Award, 2016
Lewton KL, Dingwall HL. Morphological convergence in the pubis of slow-moving primates and xenarthrans. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2016 Jul 5. View in: PubMed
Lewton KL. In vitro bone strain distributions in a sample of primate pelves. J Anat. 2015 May; 226(5):458-77. View in: PubMed
Lewton KL. Allometric scaling and locomotor function in the primate pelvis. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2015 Apr; 156(4):511-30. View in: PubMed
Nalley TK, Lewton KL. From the ground up: Integrative research in primate locomotion. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2015 Apr; 156(4):495-7. View in: PubMed
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 6; 112(1):82-7. View in: PubMed
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. View in: PubMed
Lewton KL. Pelvic form and locomotor adaptation in strepsirrhine primates. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2015 Jan; 298(1):230-48. View in: PubMed
Lewton KL. Evolvability of the primate pelvic girdle. Evolutionary Biology. 2012; 39(1):126-139. View in: PubMed
Lewton KL. American Anthropologist. Complexity in biological anthropology in 2011: species, reproduction, and sociality. 2012; 114(2):196-202. View in: PubMed