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About Kristin Krueger

Kristin L. Krueger received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 2011.  She specializes in biological anthropology in general, but focuses her research on dental anthropology within paleoanthropological and bioarchaeological contexts.   She is interested in understanding dietary and behavioral strategies of late members of the genus Homo, (Neanderthals, archaic, and recent modern humans).  However, collaborations have run the evolutionary spectrum, including dental analyses of early Homo specimens from Olduvai Gorge, Homo erectus/ergaster from 'Ubeidiya in Israel, Neanderthals and Upper Paleolithic humans from Europe and the Near East, and recent modern humans from New Kingdom Egypt to the Arctic. 

Dr. Krueger has conducted research and/or fieldwork in Canada, Egypt, England, Italy, Nepal, and several areas of the United States (New Mexico, Wyoming, New York, and Wisconsin).

Dr. Krueger’s current research focuses on understanding how microwear textures form and their turnover rates through experimental means. This is a collaborative effort with the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics group at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry. Pilot data, generated with the help of Loyola undergraduate Evan Chwa, indicates that Artificial Resynthesis Technology (A.R.T. 5) creates distinct microwear textures under specific dietary conditions. These data can help us to reconstruct dietary strategies and recognize adaptation in our evolutionary ancestors.

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Present Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago Department of Anthropology
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