Craig Byron



  • B.A., Anthropology, Indiana University 
  • M.A., Biological Anthropology, Kent State University 
  • Ph.D., Cell Biology and Anatomy, Medical College of Georgia 
  • Post-Doc, Department of Surgery, Section of Plastics, Georgia Regents University

Courses Taught

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 202 & 203)
  • Vertebrate Zoology (BIO 301)
  • Biological Anthropology (BIO 382)
  • Biostatistics and Morphology (BIO 421) 
  • Other interdisciplinary courses across the liberal arts college


Functional Morphology, Skeletal Biology, Primate Locomotion, Cranial Sutures

Research Interest

A central aspect of my scholarship is an effort to understand how anatomical form relates to organismal function. Generally speaking I am interested in this question as it pertains to mammals that travel and forage within an arboreal setting. More specifically, I am interested in adaptive aspects of primate locomotion and diet in order to better understand the evolution of the order to which we as humans belong. For these reasons my disciplinary identity can be described as an evolutionary anatomist with an emphasis on functional morphology. 

Recent Publications

  1. Smith AL, Benazzi S, Ledogar JA, Tamvada K, Pryor Smith LC, Weber GW, Spencer MA, Lucas, P, Michael S, Shekeban A, Al-Fadhalah K, Almusallam AS, Dechow PC, Grosse IR, Ross CF, Madden RH, Richmond BG, Wright BW, Wang Q, Byron CD, Slice DE, Dzialo C, Berthaume M, van Casteren A, Strait DS. (2015) The feeding biomechanics and dietary ecology of Paranthropus boisei. The Anatomical Record. 298(1):145-167.
  2. Byron CD, VanValkinburgh D, Northcutt K, Young V. (2013) Plasticity in the Cerebellum and Primary Somatosensory Cortex Relating to Habitual and Continuous Slender Branch Climbing in Laboratory Mice (Mus musculus). The Anatomical Record. 296:822–833.
  3. Byron C, Kunz H, Matuszek H, Lewis S, VanValkinburgh D. (2011) Rudimentary pedal grasping in mice and implications for terminal branch arboreal quadrupedalism. The Journal of Morphology. 272: 230-240.
  4. Byron CD. (2009) Cranial suture morphology and its relationship to diet and encephalization in Cebus. Journal of Human Evolution 57:649-655.


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