Building the mammal back
|Dates:||9 December 2020|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students|
|Speaker:||Dr Katrina Jones|
Dr Katrina Jone, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, joins us for a Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences seminar. Abstract below.
The origin of mammals is one of the most iconic evolutionary events in the vertebrate fossil record, marking the transition from an ancestral sprawling bodyplan to a more erect posture capable of sustained and vigorous running. Though evolutionary shifts in limb anatomy have attracted considerable attention, the role of the axial skeleton in this major locomotory transition is poorly understood. My work is combining 3D imaging, novel statistical approaches, biomechanics, and digital modelling of exceptionally-preserved transitional fossils to tackle the evolution of the mammalian backbone.
Dr Katrina Jones
Organisation: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, USA
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