As a postdoctoral researcher I am interested in the biology of the chewing apparatus in mammals. My research focuses on how biomechanical properties influence morphological evolution, dietary adaptation, and the form and function in hard tissues. I use high resolution scanning and material testing to characterise and quantify dental tissues three-dimensionally. I am looking for general patterns and transitions detectable in various extinct and extant mammalian orders such as primates (including humans), carnivores, ungulates and early mammals. In particular I am interested in testing the possibility of functional gradients in skull and teeth geometry, scaling and wear resistance. To investigate response to wear, I utilise feeding experiments with controlled animal feeds.
Dr. Ellen Schulz
Max Planck Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Postal address: Deutscher Platz 6, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)341 3550 874
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