Craig Wuthrich, Ph.D.

Craig Wuthrich

Teaching Assistant Professor

office: Brody 7W-41
phone: 252-744-2836

B.A., Brigham Young University
M.A., University of Michigan
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University


I direct and teach in the Health Professions Gross Anatomy course for Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Nursing Practice students. I also help in the education of medical students, including Gross Anatomy and Embryology. I have previously taught a variety of anthropological courses, including comparative, functional, and evolutionary anatomy.


My research explores how skeletal morphology facilitates function in humans and other primates, with a special emphasis on the wrist. I investigate basic questions of how locomotor biomechanics differ among primates and how these differences are reflected in the skeleton. I seek to improve our understanding of the myriad factors contributing to adult skeletal morphology, to reconstruct how the distinct locomotor habits of extant apes and monkeys evolved, and to aid functional interpretation of primate fossil specimens.

Selected Publications

Wuthrich, C., L.M. MacLatchy, and I.O. Nengo. 2019. Wrist morphology reveals substantial locomotor diversity among early catarrhines: an analysis of capitates from the early Miocene of Tinderet (Kenya). Sci. Rep. 9(1): 3728. PMID: 30842461

MacLatchy, L.M., W.J. Sanders, and C. Wuthrich. 2016. Hominoid origins. Nature Education Knowledge. 6(7): 4.