FEA Summer Tour

Summer is the season of most of the conferences and I presented my work in two of them. At the end of June I attended the International Conference of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM) in Washington and the next week I attended the XIV Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists in Haarlem (the Netherlands). I presented different works from different collaborations in temnospondylis, carnivora, cingulata or primates. The connexion between all of them was the study of the biomechanics and the use of Finite Element Analysis. In the ICVM this is the list of the works I presented:

  •  Fortuny, J. et al. “Hunting in the Late Triassic: insights on the ambush strategy of the metoposaurs (Temnospondyli: Stereospondyli)”.
  • Luján, À. et al. “Feeding in Testudines: A Finite Element and parametric analysis of a tortoise skull”.
  • Tambuso, S. et al. “3D finite element analysis of lower jaws in glyptodonts”.
  • Marcé-Nogué, J. et al. “Primate chewing biomechanics revisited using Finite Element Analysis of the mandible”.
  • De Esteban-Trivigno, S. et al.”Early dietary, jaw shape and biomechanical performance differentiation in the evolution of armadillos (Xenarthra: Cingulata)”.
Whereas in the EAVP the works I presented were focalized to the addition od extinct species:
  • Marcé-Nogué, J. et al. “Biomechanical traits of carnivorous jaws with Finite Element Methods”.
  • Marcé-Nogué, J. et al. “Biomechanics as a predictor of enamel thickness in extinct primates”.
  • Gruntmejer, K. et al. “Comparative of histology and three-dimensional computer analysis of Metoposaurus krasiejowensis (Amphibia, Temnospondyli) skull biomechanics”.
  • De Esteban-Trivigno, S. et al. “Exploring shape change and biomechanics in Carnivora jaw: preliminary results”.
Most of the works presented there are based in the idea that biomechanics and forces as well as properties of teeth are demonstrated to be crucial to understand diet, dental functional traits and evolution and, we are trying to develop new methods and new ideas to shed light in all of this. The meetings were great, I could attend a lot of talks to learn what other researchers are doing to learn new methods and have new ideas. I could also met old friends, know what they are doing and in which field they are now working, and I made news, which is always another good reason to attend conferences. And I had few time (but enough!) to take me a picture in the most knowns places around the venue!
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