Russell Tuttle

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Russell Tuttle
Russell Howard Tuttle

(1939-08-18) August 18, 1939 (age 83)
Scientific career
Sociocultural anthropology
Biological anthropology
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago

Russell Howard Tuttle (born August 18, 1939) is a distinguished primate morphologist,[1][2] paleoanthropologist, and a four-field (linguistics, archaeology, sociocultural anthropology and biological anthropology) trained Anthropologist.[3] He is currently an active Professor of Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology, History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago.[4] Tuttle was enlisted by Mary Leakey to analyze the 3.4-million-year-old footprints she discovered in Laetoli, Tanzania. He determined that the creatures that left these prints walked bipedally in a fashion almost identical to human beings.[5] He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Tuttle was named Guggenheim Fellow in 1985[6] and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2003.[7]


  1. ^ "Scientists Seeking Link with New Methods". Gadsden Times. 20 July 1971. p. 3.
  2. ^ "Fingers Indicate Man Didn't Descent from Tree Swingers". Oxnard Press-Courier. 18 July 1969. p. 11.
  3. ^ Harper, Kyle; Nyhart, Lynn; Radin, Joanna; Tuttle, Russell; Thomas, Julia; Lyon, Jonathan (2016). ""Bio-History in the Anthropocene: Interdisciplinary Study on the Past and Present of Human Life"". Chicago Journal of History (7): 10.
  4. ^ Choi, Charles Q. (9 October 2007). "Human Ancestors Walked Upright, Study Claims". LiveScience. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  5. ^ "SCIENCE WATCH; The Upright Primates". The New York Times. 3 August 1982. p. C4.
  6. ^ "Russell H. Tuttle". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  7. ^ Steve Koppes (November 6, 2003). "Nine on faculty elected 2003 AAAS fellows". University of Chicago Chronicle. Vol. 78, no. 4.

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