Workshop in Biomechanics and Functional Morphology in January

In January I will be teaching in the workshop “Introduction to Functional Morphology and Biomechanics” (4th Ed) in Catalonia (Premises of Sabadell of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)). It will be from Monday 11th to Friday 15th January 2016 and will be taught for Dr. Richard Fariña, Dr. Pere Ibáñez-Gimeno, Dr. Soledad de Esteban-Trivingno and myself. This workshop…

Conference presentation about comparative methodologies in mammals using FEA

In recent years important advances have been accomplished in comparative functional analysis of vertebrate structures. This involved the introduction of virtual models that allowed to test functional hypothesis using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and its combination with Geometric Morphometrics (GMM) and mathematical, statistical and engineering approaches. The last advances in my research work have been…

Un nou treball sobre el comportament biomecánic dels Temnospóndils

Un treball conjunt del grup de recerca LITEM de la Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya i l’Institut Català de Paleontologia publicat a la prestigiosa revista Plos One ha aportat nous coneixements en el comportament biomecánic dels Temnospóndils, grup antecesor dels actuals amfibis. El registre fòssil d’aquest grup és molt ampli i sempre ha sorprés als cientifics…

An Ecomorphological Approach to Armadillo’s Diets

A new paper was published on April in Plos One entitled “Finite Element Analysis of the Cingulata Jaw: An Ecomorphological Approach to Armadillo’s Diets” by Sílvia Serrano-Fochs, Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, Jordi Marcé-Nogué, Josep Fortuny and Richard A. Fariña. This is a work of the Institut Català de Paleontologia (www.icp.cat), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (www.upc.edu) and…

New Biomechanical Computer Simulation Course in november

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a great tool for biologists, palaeontologists, doctors, veterinarians, and other biosciences specialities in which researchers face questions about biomechanics of living and extinct organisms. Elements like bone, arthropod exoskeleton, mollusc shells, or the stems and leaves of plants can be analysed using this technique. FEA is a non-invasive modelling technique,…

Coupling finite element analysis and multibody system dynamics

A new paper has been published in Palaeontologia Electronica by J. Marcé-Nogué, A. Klodowski, M. Sánchez and L. Gil. This is the first collaboration with Lappeeranta University of Technology in the field of Multibody Dynamics in palaeobiology: http://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2015/1197-coupling-fea-and-msd Flexible Multibody System Dynamics (FMSD) is a simulation technique that can be used to study the behavior of…

New house and new challenges

I´m pleased to inform that since the 1st of May of 2015 my new house will be the “Centrum für Naturkunde” of the University of Hamburg. I´ll we be there with a post-doc position during three years working with the team of Prof. Thomas Kaiser in the Mammalogy group in computational biomechanics. A new challenge…