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UCL Centre for Integrative Anatomy (CIA)

The Centre for Integrative Anatomy (CIA) brings together researchers from diverse academic fields working on all aspects of anatomy - comparative, evolutionary, developmental, medical, and forensic. Anatomical research in the CIA spans a diversity of biological systems (the skeleton, brain, teeth, muscles, integument and more), scales, taxonomic groups (including living and fossil fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals), and time periods.

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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 the appearance and ecology, as well as the ultimate fate of those organisms, 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 aging, disease, and death. Together, the CIA is using 21st century technology to understand every aspect of organismal form.