About us

Velociraptor claw finite element model

Our group conducts research on and has expertise in vertebrate ichnology, vertebrate biomechanics, locomotion simulations, finite element modelling, palaeopathology, arthropod palaeoecology and dinosaur soft-tissue preservation. Many of the members of the Group are working on international research projects in Europe and North America. The Group is also contributing to a new Masters (MSc) course in Biomechanics within the University (Faculty of Life Sciences).

Our research is focused on fundamental studies into evolutionary biomechianics and how structural relationships of ancient and modern biomaterials can assist a better understanding of their mechanical properties and function in extinct organisms. We have access to state-of-the-art facilities, for high-resolution x-ray computer tomography, including data analysis (including visualization) and interpretation. This allows for robust, high quality interpretations of both biomaterials and more complex musculoskeletal systems. We have active collaborations with Yale (USA), Marmarth Research Foundation (USA), Amherst College (USA), University of Pennsylvania (USA), Consorci Ruta Minera (Spain) and the Natural History Museum (London). The National Geographic Foundation is currently funding a major research programme on dinosaur taphonomy in the Hell Creek Formation (Late Cretaceous), USA.

Allosaurus cast (Black Hills Institute), used in musculoskeletal reconstructions of theropod locomotion

The following pages outline current news and events, details of our various research programmes, personnel and our facilities. There are also links to information on our industrial undergraduate courses, the Biomechanics Masters course and information on applying to become a research student in the Group.

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