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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 the earliest evidence for non-dietary anterior tooth use behaviors in the genus Homo, associated with a Homo erectus/ergaster specimen from 'Ubeidiya.  This work is in collaboration with Dr. Miriam Belmaker (University of Tulsa) and Dr. Amanda Henry (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology).  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, DePaul 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!).

Publications & Book Chapters

In review: El Zaatari S and Krueger KL. Dental microwear texture analysis and the diet of the Scladina child. In: Tousaint M, editor. The Neanderthal Child of Scladina Cave. Études et Recherches Archéologiques de l’Université de Liège.

Submitted: Krueger KL. Contrasting dietary and behavioral strategies of the Ipiutak and Tigara: evidence from incisor microwear texture analysis. In: Hilton C, Auerbach B, and Cowgill L, editors. The Foragers of Point Hope: the biology and archaeology of humans on the edge of the Alaskan arctic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Submitted: Krueger KL & Ungar PS. Teeth as tools? Dental microwear texture analysis of the anterior teeth of the Krapina Neanderthals. In: Frayer D and Monge J, editors. Krapina, Volume 8: Teeth. Croatian National History Museum.

In press Hlusko LJ, Carlson J, Guatelli-Steinberg D, Krueger KL, Mersey B, Ungar P, & Defleur A. Neanderthal teeth from Moula Guercy, Ardèche, France. Accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

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.

2012Ungar 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.


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