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Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2019: Professor Emily Rayfield: Engineering a Dinosaur

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre, B01

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Fossils typically preserve only the mineralised tissues of the animal, soft tissues having long since rotted away, save for exceptional circumstances. In the absence of muscles and ligaments, how can we gain an understanding of how extinct animals functioned and behaved? In this talk, Professor Rayfield will describe how she and her lab are using imaging analysis and computational tools more commonly used to design-test bridges and cars, to describe the function and capabilities of long dead animals, uncovering how dinosaurs fed, how tiny mammal jaws evolved and how the earliest terrestrial vertebrate adapted their skulls for the challenges of life on land.

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