UCL Division of Biosciences


What do dinosaurs, foxes, mink, birds, squirrels, aye-ayes and giant fossil dormice have in common?

9 July 2024

Over the last few weeks, people from the Centre have been getting out and about to spread the word about vertebrate form and function, and how this has developed over time, sometimes deep evolutionary time. All the animals mentioned above, and more, have been used as examples.

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Phil Cox travelled to the University of Wrocław, Poland, to collaborate on a project studying the morphology of the baculum (penis bone) in foxes and mink. Whilst there, he gave a talk on how he has used geometric morphometrics in his research including projects on red squirrels, the aye-aye and giant fossil dormice:

A montage of photos about topics discussed by Phil Cox in Poland


A slide showing a montage of images relevant to evolutionary biomechanics
Further afield, Laura Porro was invited to give a one-hour seminar to the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago. The talk, on 30 May 2024, was about her work here at the Centre and was attended by 30-40 people, including professors, postdocs and students.

Laura spoke about: A Tale of Two Transitions: the role of feeding in major evolutionary radiations, and discussed her research on early tetrapods and early dinosaurs using 3D imaging and biomechanical modelling.


Poster of University of Michigan palaeontology conference June 2024
The Felice lab have also been out and about, with Ryan Felice and Andy Knapp both presenting the lab’s work at NAPC (North American Paleontological Convention) in Ann Arbor, Michigan in June. Both of their talks were on bird evolution.  Ryan spoke on The influence of body size and brain size on diversification rates in birds; and Andy talked about Trade-offs among cranial soft tissues in avian cranial evolution