Attending a conference in New Orleans

This April I attended the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Meeting in New Orleans (USA) where I presented some of my last works in primates morphology and biomechanics and I had the ooportunity to be in the Science March. The works I or my colleagues presented were: Marcé-Nogué, J. et al. “Hard food for stiffer jaws:…

Feeding biomechanics of Late Triassic Metoposaurids

A new paper has been published in Journal of Anatomy studying the paleoecology of extinct amphibian Temnospondyli. The study aims to expand upon the paleoecological interpretations of these animals using 3D Finite Element Analyses (FEA) because the paleoecology of metoposaurids is controversial; they have been historically considered passive, bottom-dwelling animals, waiting for prey on the…

Using statistics in the post-process of FEA results

When we are solving a model using Finite Element Analysis, the results are obtained via a distribution map. These internal distributions of the forces  ̶ called stress ̶  appear in the inner regions of the models due to the action of external forces. To model how different forces act on a biological structure, as a bone for…

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).…

Virtual Paleontology meets China

L’investigador de l’Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Josep Fortuny, juntament amb Jordi Marcé-Nogué, investigador de la Universitat d’Hamburg, han estat convidats durant la primera setmana d’abril a la Guilin University of Electronic Technology (ciutat de la Regió Autònoma de Guangxi) a impartir xerrades i treballar conjuntament amb l’equip liderat pel Dr. Zupeng Zhou en l’àmbit…

Primate chewing biomechanics revisited

The Meeting of the german Working Group in Vertebrate Paleontology has been held during the weekend of the 12th and 13th of March in the nice fortress Burg Lichtenberg. The castle was built around 1200 and has a length of 425m and is the biggest castle ruin in Germany. It is located near Thallichtenberg in the district of Kusel…