Anna G. Warrener

Anna Warrener
Ph.D. • Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology

Mailing Address:
Department of Anthropology
Campus Box 103
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

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My research focuses on the evolution of the human musculoskeletal system using biomechanical techniques to assess how variation in physical structure affects locomotor performance. I'm specifically interested in the human pelvis and how its unique anatomy impacts both locomotion and human birth.

2012  Ph.D. Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis     

2006  MA Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

2003  BA Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude, University of Colorado

2024. Warrener A. Human lower limb muscle cross sectional area scales with positive allometry reflecting bipedal evolutionary history. Frontiers in Earth Sciences.

2023. Warrener A. The multifactor pelvis: An alternative to the adaptationist approach of the obstetrical dilemma. Evolutionary Anthropology.

2022. Mayne G, DeWitt P, Ringham B, Warrener A, Christians U, Dabelea D, Hurt K. Nested case-control study of maternal steroid hormones as preterm birth biomarkers: the healthy start study

2021. Warrener AG, Tamai R, Lieberman DE. The effect of trunk flexion angle on lower limb mechanics during running. Human Movement Science

2018. Warrener AG. Childbirth and brain size: evolutionary constraints. In H. Callan (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. John Wiley & Sons.

2017. Warrener AG. Hominin hip biomechanics: changing perspectives. Anatomical Record 300 (5): 932-945.

2015. Lieberman DE, Warrener AG, Wang J, Castillo ER. Effects of stride frequency and foot position at landing on braking force, hip torque, impact peak force and the metabolic cost of running in humans. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:3406-3414.

2015. Warrener AG, Lewton KL, Pontzer H, Lieberman DE. A wider pelvis does not increase locomotor cost in humans, with implications for birth. PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118903.

2013. Barak M, Lieberman DE, Raichlen D, Pontzer H, Warrener AG, Hublin J. Trabecular evidence for a human-like gait in Australopithecus africanus. PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077687.

2012. Dunsworth H, Warrener AG, Deacon T, Ellison P, Pontzer H. A metabolic hypothesis for human altriciality. PNAS 109:15212-15216.

2010. Cowgill L, Warrener AG, Pontzer H, Ocobock C. Waddling and toddling: biomechanical effects of immature gait. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143:52-61.

2007. Blackburn Wittman AG and Wall L. The evolutionary origins of obstructed labor: bipedalism, encephalization, and the human obstetric dilemma. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey 62:739-748.

Anth 1303 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Anth 3512 Human Evolution

Anth 3560 Human Variation

Anth 4050/5053 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology

Anth 6513 Biological Anthropology Core: Modern Human Variation