Human & Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series Paul Gignac, Ph.D.

Instructor/Postdoctoral Research Associate Department of Anatomy Stony Brook University

How crocodilians became apex predators:
Integrating ancestral character-state reconstructions, ontogenetic performance modeling, and contrast-enhanced μCT imaging to evaluate the evolution of crocodilian feeding biomechanics
Crocodiles as well as their modern and fossil counterparts have long inhabited ecological roles as apex predators all around the world. We now know that part of their success story includes record setting bite-force capacities that can reach as much as 4000 lbs. New evidence linking the evolution and development of their feeding biomechanics with new 3D imaging methodologies, however, are demonstrating that there is much more to this success than just their bite and that muscle physiology has played a pivotal role in how freely crocodilians have invaded and re-invaded ecological feeding niches—time and time again—to become the major predators of their realm.

Tuesday February 12, 2013 4:00 PM
Hancock Foundation Building / Torrey Webb Room
USC University Park Campus

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