Hard food for stiffer Jaw

I recently published in Scientific Reports a new paper entitled “A biomechanical approach to understand the ecomorphological relationship between primate mandibles and diet” which deals with the fact that in primates, hard food eaters have stiffer mandibles when compared to those that rely on softer diets. This is a research that I did with my…

Going to the EAVP not only as an attendant

The first week of August I attended the 15th Annual Meeting of the Association of European Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP) in Munich (Germany). I presented my recent join work about biomechanics of the platyrrhine talus with my colleague Thomas Püschel (University of Manchester) where we were studied the biomechanical behaviour of the talus in 40 extant platyrrhine…

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).…