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 Anatomical and Human Sciences

Our research  focuses on the ecological, evolutionary, functional and developmental bases of morphological variation in humans, primates, other mammals and reptiles.

One major research strand  aims to explain how skeletal and dental morphologies arise during evolution in terms of developmental processes and functional adaptations. The key underpinning technologies are geometric morphometrics, CT imaging, Finite Element Analysis, polarising and scanning electron microscopy. The advances in morphometrics that have arisen during this work are also being applied in functional studies and imaging.

Another key strand is focused on biogeographic and temporal variation in modern and fossil primates, relating morphological variation and functional morphology to environmental change.

Our work is directly applicable to the study of human evolution and the understanding of modern human biological variation. In addition, it has important medical and forensic applications through the use of morphometrics in CT, MR and other diagnostic imaging modalities and also in kinematic analyses of facial and body motion. 

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