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 microwear textures form and their turnover rates through experimental means. This is a collaborative effort with the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics group at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry. Pilot data, generated with the help of Loyola undergraduate Evan Chwa, indicates that Artificial Resynthesis Technology (A.R.T. 5) creates distinct microwear textures under specific dietary conditions. These data can help us to reconstruct dietary strategies and recognize adaptation in our evolutionary ancestors.

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

2017  Krueger KL, Ungar PS, Guatelli-Steinberg D, Hublin J-J, Pérez-Pérez A., Trinkaus E., Willman, J.C. Anterior dental microwear textures show habitat-driven variability in Neandertal behavior. JOURNAL OF HUMAN EVOLUTION 105, April 2017, 13-23, doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.01.004.

2016  Krueger KL. Dentition, behavior, and diet determination. In: Irish JD and Scott GR, editors. A Companion to Dental Anthropology. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons Press, pp. 396-411.

2015  Krueger KL. Reconstructing diet and behavior in bioarchaeological groups using incisor microwear texture analysis. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE: REPORTS 1(1): 29-37, doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2014.10.002.

2014  El Zaatari S, Krueger KL, & Hublin J-J. Dental microwear texture analysis and the diet of the Scladina child.  In: Tousaint M & Bonjean D, editors. The Scladina I-4A Juvenile Neandertal: Paleoanthropology and Context. Andenne: Études et Recherches Archéologiques de l’Université de Liège, pp. 363-378.

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.