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About Scott Legge

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.
EDUCATION: BA Purdue University; MA Southern Illinois University; PhD University of Alaska
Legge has been teaching at Macalester since 2008.


Present Associate Professor, Anthropology, Macalester College


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Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant
  • 2012 Macalester College Student Faculty Summer Research Grant
  • 2011 Kraus Anderson Scholars Summer Research Grant
  • 2010 Paul Anderson Interdisciplinary Summer Research Grant
  • 2007 Social Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize - University of Kent, Canterbury, UK


  • Biological Anthropology
  • Osteology and Paleopathology
  • Darwin and Evolutionary Thought
  • General Anthropology
  • Archaeology and Human Origins
  • Primates
  • Human Evolution
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic

Contact Information

Carnegie 04D
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6925


Journal Articles (12)

Contributions to Books and Encyclopedias (4)

Presentations and Published Abstracts (15)