Alex Claxton

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Alex Claxton

Matriculated September 2011

Alex entered the program with a B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis, and an M.S. in human biology from the University of Indianapolis. His masters thesis investigated the relationship between manual phalangeal curvature and locomotor behavior in anthropoid primates. His dissertation concerns ontogenetic changes in the distribution of cortical bone in the femoral neck and what this implies about cortical thickness as a trait diagnostic of bipedalism. Alex has done paleontological fieldwork in Spain and the Republic of Georgia. In addition to hominin locomotor adaptations, he is broadly interested in all aspects of vertebrate paleontology, paleoanthropology, and the philosophy of science. 


  • Dean’s Fellowship
  • Short-term GRAF