UCL Division of Biosciences


Centre for Integrative Anatomy

We use diverse and cutting-edge approaches to study anatomy in order to understand structure and function, embryonic development, phylogenetic relationships, ecology and evolution. The skeletal anatomy of fossil organisms provides us with clues to appearance and ecology, which in turn tells us how the modern biosphere came to be and how living animals will respond to ongoing environmental changes. Medical and forensic researchers use the study of human anatomy to understand how we live and grow, as well as ageing, disease and death.


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Research Themes

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The study of organismal form is the core of evolutionary and comparative anatomy. How variable are populations, species, and clades? How does form change through embryonic development and later growth? What can anatomy tell us about how extinct organisms looked and behaved?

We use traditional and modern techniques to describe and quantify the structure of the vertebrate body. 

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Biomechanics is the study of structure and function. Using experimental and digital modelling techniques, we study how diverse morphologies result in differences in performance, behaviour and, ultimately, fitness.

This is key to understanding adaptation and evolution of anatomy. Biomechanics also interfaces with biomedical research into kinesiology, sports medicine, and prosthetics. 

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The overarching goal of the Centre for Integrative Anatomy (the CIA) is to understand the diversification of vertebrate anatomy in deep time.                  

This includes investigating the link between ecology and morphology, using modern species to understand fossil taxa, studying major transitions (e.g., the first terrestrial vertebrates, the origin of flight), and human origins.


Susan Evans

Evolution of key morphological features in reptiles and amphibians

Julie Barrett

Centre Assistant, responsible for administration, social media, etc.

Wendy Birch

Forensic anatomy and osteology & the preservation of animal remains

Philip Cox

Morphological and functional variation of the mammalian skeleton

Ryan Felice

Archosaur evolution & development, geometric morphometrics

Marc Jones

Hon. Research Fellow. Curator, fossil reptiles, Natural History Museum


Sandra Martelli

The postnatal ontogeny of human and hominoid anatomy

Mehran Moazen

Bones and joints: their growth and repair; and biomechanics

Romain Perera

Lecturer in Anatomy; musculoskeletal pain; statistics

Laura Porro

Anatomy and biomechanics of living and fossil animals

Yoshiyuki Yamamoto

Molecular mechanisms of evolutionary morphologies

Sara Abad Guaman

Bioinspired adaptable robotics







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