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Analyzing Bird Claw Structure and Modularity

The Dumont lab focuses on the study of comparative morphology in extant and extinct animals. I am currently collaborating on research on bird ungual bone and keratinous sheath morphology and their potential integration using modularity analyses. As part of this project, I will be examining bird claws using both traditional arc length measurements, which were first introduced in the early 1990s, and comparing them with modern geometric morphometric analyses.

Analyzing Fossil Asymmetry

The Dumont lab focuses on the study of comparative morphology in extant and extinct animals. My research has focused largely on geometric morphometrics and the application of geometric morphometrics to the fossil record. During the process of fossilization, bones undergo breakage and plastic deformation. This plastic deformation changes the shape that the animal’s bones had during life. Geometric morphometrics is a technique for quantitatively measuring of shape and is an excellent tool for analyzing shape change within and between organisms.

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