We are using a combination of surface and microCT scans to understand how the range of diets and behaviours seen in modern birds is linked to beak and skull shape, and their biomechanical performance. In particular, how have these features changed as birds evolved from large, strong dinosaurian ancestors to the small, lightly-built animals we have today?
The scan data is the starting point for detailed computer analysis using geometric morphometrics and finite element modelling. You can participate in this work by visiting www.markmybird.org (collaboration with University of Sheffield, UK) and helping us to measure the beaks of all of the world’s bird species.
CVAST documented a wide variaty of heritage sites in the region of La Mancha, Spain
Zoology and palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in Paris
3D imaging and computer animation are harnessed to bring fossil dinosaurs “back to life”