Coffee & Viz - Visualizing Functional Morphology: Digital Reconstruction of Anatomy and Performance in Living and Extinct Species


Friday, September 20, 2019
9:30am to 10:30am

Add to Calendar 2019-09-20 09:30:00 2019-09-20 09:30:00 Teaching and Visualization Lab at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library


Event Description

Digital methods are revolutionizing the way functional morphologists conduct research. In this talk, Drs. Adam Hartstone-Rose and Edwin Dickinson will discuss how these approaches are improving the visualization of the anatomy and functional morphology of both living and extinct species and how these revealing approaches inform our new understandings about evolutionary biology. They will present analyses based on new approaches to three-dimensional data acquisition (including contrast enhanced micro-CT), digital methods of reconstructing these data and their incorporation into functional models of musculoskeletal performance, and the use of paleontological analysis for the reconstruction of ancient species and environments.

*Complimentary coffee, tea and light refreshments from local business Anisette will be available beginning at 9:15 a.m. in an adjacent space. To help increase the sustainability of this program, please bring your own coffee mug.

Contact Information

Karen Ciccone

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

Distorted skull (bottom) of an ancient giant honey badger with a digital reconstruction of what the complete skull (middle) and life appearance (top) of what the animal would have looked like alive.

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