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Steven Lautzenheiser

Assistant Professor


My research focuses on the biomechanics of the foot and ankle of modern humans. Understanding how the human talus responds to force allows me to examine the selective pressures that would have affected the morphology of the foot structure and, hence, the entire locomotor system. To do this I synthesize anthropological and engineering theories and methods, including motion capture and kinematic/kinetic analysis using Matlab.


2019 Ph.D. University of Washington, Department of Anthropology

2016 M.A. University of Washington, Department of Anthropology

2012 B.A. University of Washington, Department of Anthropology

Professional Service


Introduction to Biological Anthropology (ANTH 110)

Life of Primates (ANTH 359)

Evolutionary Biology for Anthropologists (ANTH 483)

Primate Evolution (ANTH 490)

Human Paleontology (ANTH 495)

Paleoanthropology (ANTH 582)


Lautzenheiser SG, Sylvester, AD, and Kramer PA. Estimating the in vivo location of the talus from external surface landmarks. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 171(2), 354– 360.

Lautzenheiser SG, and Kramer PA. 2013. Linear and Angular Measurements of the Foot of Modern Humans: A Test of Morton's Foot Types. Anatomical Record-Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology 296(10):1526-1533.

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