Loyola University Chicago

Department of Anthropology

Dr. Kristin L. Krueger

Preparing modern human teeth for microwear analysis, Amarna, Egypt.

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Loyola University Chicago, BVM Tower 708
Lake Shore Campus
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL  60660
Office Phone: 773.508.3438

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).

Current Research

Dr. Krueger's current research focuses on understanding how dental microwear textures form on deciduous teeth, and the role that subadults played in dietary and behavioral strategies as compared to adults. In addition to this project, she is working on discerning differences in diet within tombs from Hualcayán, an archaeological site in Peru (with Dr. Julie Lesnik, Wayne State University).

Research Opportunities for Students

Dr. Krueger encourages any interested students to contact her about research and/or laboratory opportunities.

 Paleontology work in Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin. Fire ants collect fossil teeth and add them to their nest.  I’m carefully picking teeth even though angry fire ants are in attack mode.  (THAT’S how much I love teeth!).

Recent Publications

In press  El Zaatari S, Krueger KL, and Hublin, Jean-Jacques. Dental microwear texture analysis and the diet of the Scladina child.  In: Tousaint M and Bonjean, D, editors. The Juvenile Neanderthal Facial Remains from Scladina Cave (Belgium). Liège: Études et Recherches Archéologiques de l’Université de Liège.

2014  Krueger KL. Contrasting the Ipiutak and Tigara: evidence from incisor microwear texture analysis. In: Hilton C, Auerbach B, and Cowgill L, editors. The Foragers of Point Hope: Bioarchaeology on the Edge of the Alaskan Arctic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2013  Hlusko LJ, Carlson J, Guatelli-Steinberg D, Krueger KL, Mersey B, Ungar P, & Defleur A. Neanderthal teeth from Moula Guercy, Ardèche, France. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 151(3): 477-491, doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22291.

2012  Krueger KL & Ungar PS. Anterior dental microwear texture analysis of the Krapina Neanderthals. CENTRAL EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCES 4(4): 651-662, doi: 10.2478/s13533-012-0111-1.

2012  Ungar PS, Krueger KL, Blumenschine RJ, Njau J, & Scott RS. Dental microwear texture analysis of hominins recovered by the Olduvai Landscape Paleoanthropology Project, 1995-2007. Journal of Human Evolution 63(2): 429-37, doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2011.04.006, 2011.

2010  Krueger KL & Ungar PS. Incisor microwear textures of five bioarchaeological populations. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 20(5): 549-560.

2008  Krueger KL,Scott JR, Kay RF, & Ungar PS.Technical Note: Dental  microwear textures of “Phase I” & “Phase II” facets. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 137 (4): 485-490.