Jeremy DeSilva

Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

  • Honorary Research Fellow, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Jeremy "Jerry" DeSilva is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. He is a paleoanthropologist, specializing in the locomotion of the first apes (hominoids) and early human ancestors (hominins). His particular anatomical expertise-- the human foot and ankle-- has contributed to our understanding of the origins and evolution of upright walking in the human lineage.  He has studied wild chimpanzees in Western Uganda and early human fossils in Museums throughout Eastern and South Africa. From 1998-2003, Jeremy worked as an educator at the Boston Museum of Science and continues to be passionate about science education. When he is not studying fossil foot bones, or lecturing on human evolution, Jeremy and his wife, Erin, are quite busy with their twins, Benjamin and Josephine.


409 Silsby, Department of Anthropology
HB 6047


  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2008
  • B.A. Cornell University, 1998