Russell H. Tuttle

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Office: Haskell 134 / Haskell 027
Phone: (773) 702-7719
Email: rhtuttle@uchicago.edu
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Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Russell (Russ) H. Tuttle (PhD, UC Berkeley 1965) is an active Professor of Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology, History of Science and Medicine and the College at the University of Chicago. For over 50 years he has mentored countless graduate, undergraduate and medical students, many of whom are leaders in their respective professions. He conducted pioneering functional morphological work on apes via electromyography (EMG) and meticulous dissections, leading to the conclusion (recently supported by fossils) that chimpanzees poorly represent the locomotive pattern that underpinned the evolution of human terrestrial bipedalism. He also provided a functional interpretation of the 3.66 million-year-old hominid footprint trails at Laetoli, Tanzania, which has held up well vis-à-vis challenges of other commentators. He has received several national and campus teaching awards. Other honors include: Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Distinguished Primatologist Award of the Midwest Primate Interest Group, Medallion of the Collège de France, Medal of the Fondation Singer-Polignac, 50-year Membership and Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has conducted field and laboratory studies in Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Perú, and in numerous museums in Europe, Asia and North America. He is author of numerous papers on a variety of topics, author or editor of 9 books, and past Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Primatology (20 years) and the book series Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects.

Selected Publications

Year Title / Publications PDF
2014 Apes and Human Evolution. Harvard University Press.
2008 Footprint clues in hominid evolution and forensics: lessons and limitations. Ichnos. 15:158-165.
2007 Love, Knowledge, and the Evolution of a Mentor. In Joys of Teaching Anthropology, P.C. Rice, C.P. Kottak, and d.C. McCurdy, pp, 91-100. Boston: McGraw Hill.
2006 Animalia, Homo and the Kingdom of God. Zygon. 41: 139-168.
2006 Hidemi Ishida: 40 Years of Footprints in Japanese Primatology and Paleoanthropology. In Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds, Eds. H. Ishida, R.H. Tuttle, M. Pickford, M. Nakatsukasa & N. Ogihara, pp. 1-14, New York: Springer.
2006 Are Human Beings Apes, or Are Apes People Too? In Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds, Eds. H. Ishida, R.H. Tuttle, M. Pickford, M. Nakatsukasa & N. Ogihara, pp. 245-254, New York: Springer.
2006 Neontological Perspectives on East African Middle and Late Miocene Anthropoidea. In Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds, Eds. H. Ishida, R.H. Tuttle, M. Pickford, M. Nakatsukasa & N. Ogihara, pp. 205-219, New York: Springer.
2006 Seven Decades of East African Miocene Anthropoid Studies. In Human Origins and Environmental Backgrounds, Eds. H. Ishida, R.H. Tuttle, M. Pickford, M. Nakatsukasa & N. Ogihara, pp. 15-29, New York: Springer.
2005 Human Evolution. Encyclopaedia Britannica 18:412-424, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. Chicago, IL.
2002 Paleoanthropology Read in Tooth and Nail. Reviews in Anthropology. 31: 103-128.
2001 On Culture and Traditional Chimpanzees. Current Anthropology. 42(3): 407-408.
2001 Fossils, Phylogenies and Feelings. In B.B. Beck, et al., eds., Great Apes and Humans. The Ethics of Coexistence. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 178-90.
1998 Heel, squat, stand, stride: function and evolution of hominoid feet. (with B. Hallgrimsson & T. Stein). In E. Strasser, et al., eds. Primate Locomotion: Recent Advances. Plenum Press, 435-448.
1996 The Laetoli hominid G Footprints. Where do they stand today? Kaupia 6:97-102.
1994 Up From Electromyography: Primate Energetics and the Evolution of Human Bipedalism. In R.S. Corruccini and R.L. Ciochon, eds., Integrative Paths to the Past: Paleoanthropological Advances in Honor of F. Clark Howell. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, pp. 269-284.
1992 Hands from Newt to Napier. In S. Matano, R.H. Tuttle, H. Ishida, and M. Goodman, eds., Topics in Primatology, vol. 3: Evolutionary Biology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Virology. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, pp. 3-20.
1988 What’s new in African paleoanthropology? Annual Reviews of Anthropology 17:391-426.
1986 Apes of the World. Their Social Behavior, Communication, Mentality and Ecology. Park Ridge, N.J.: Noyes Publications.