Professor Legge is a biological anthropologist with research interests in human and
non-human primate skeletal biology as well as areas of growth and development in both
skeletal and living populations. Specifically, he has conducted research into vertebral
pathologies in skeletal collections of native Alaskans and pathological conditions of the
skeleton in great apes and Old World monkeys. Additionally, his research into the
developmental processes of skeletal maturation in subadults resulted in a method for the
estimation of the age of puberty in skeletal populations based on epiphyseal fusion of
those bones known to fuse at or near the time of puberty. 

Professor Legge’s background and training are in all four fields of anthropology, with a
specialization in biological anthropology. He has academic and research experience in
human variation, human population biology, bioarchaeology, and skeletal biology, as well
as extensive experience in historic and prehistoric archaeology. Prior to coming to
Macalester he taught at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. 

Professor Legge’s Ph.D. research included the examination of vertebral pathologies in
skeletal collections from Golovin Bay and Nunivak Island, Alaska. He examined the
patterns of the pathological conditions and analyzed them with regard to traditional
subsistence resource strategies for two different geographic regions within Alaska. He
also compared the patterns observed with published data from other geographic regions,
both within and outside of the Arctic. 

His teaching interests include: Human Biology and Adaptation, Osteology, Paleopathology,
Growth and Development, Bioarchaeology, Primates, Nutrition and Disease. 

Journal Articles

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Evaluation of the utility of deciduous molar morphological variation in great ape phylogenetic analysis (with Anna M. Hardin), Dental Anthropology (2013)

Non-metric dental traits are well- established tools for anthropologists investigating population affiliation and movement in...

 

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Dental Morphology and the Phylogenetic “Place” of Australopithecus sediba (with Joel D. Irish, Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg, Darryl J. de Ruiter, and Lee R. Berger), Science (2013)

To characterize further the Australopithecus sediba hypodigm, we describe 22 dental traits in specimens MH1...

 

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Geographic Variation in Nonmetric Dental Traits of the Deciduous Molars of Pan and Gorilla (with Anna M. Hardin), International Journal of Primatology (2013)

Physical anthropologists often use nonmetric dental traits to trace the movement of human populations, but...

 

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Dentoalveolar abscess variation among three groups of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii, Pan troglodytes troglodytes, and Pan paniscus), International Journal of Paleopathology (2012)

The prevalence and pattern of periodontal and periapical dental abscess lesions are examined in 399...

 

Contributions to Books and Encyclopedias

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Nutrition and food, Encyclopedia of the Arctic (2004)
 

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Physical anthropology of the Arctic, Encyclopedia of the Arctic (2004)
 

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Physical Anthropology of the Arctic (with G Richard Scott, Robert W. Lane, Susan Steen, and Steven R. Street), The Arctic: Environment, People, Policy (2000)
 

Presentations and Published Abstracts

Is this yaws? Possible treponemal induced cranial vault lesions in a young chimpanzee (with Claire A. Kirchhoff), Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2013)

A considerable amount of research in both living and past human populations has been conducted...

 

Sex-related patterns of dentoalveolar abscesses in the genus Pan., Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2012)

Dental abscesses may be used as an indicator of dental health in non-human primates. These...

 

A Bronze Age woman in an Anglo-Saxon village (with Louise C. D. Schoss), Seventy-seventh Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2008)

During the excavation of a late Anglo-Saxon settlement at Bishopstone, Sussex, UK, a crouched burial...

 

Falling, fighting or fleeing: Skeletal trauma analysis in eight sympatric cercopithecoids from Cameroon (with Tara J. Chapman), Seventy-Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2007)

Skeletal trauma is described in a museum collection of eight sympatric monkey species from Cameroon....