As a postdoctoral researcher my main interest is the biological understanding of how "animals work", their functional morphology, which means the close relationship between the biomechanical and histological properties of their musculo-skeletal systems and their behavioural capabilities. My current research focuses on the cranio-mandibular apparatus in rodents, analysing how evolutionary trails and some genetical conditions might have modeled the differences observed in the skull, mandible and dental morphologies, as well as the myological development, and the consequent biting performance. For that reason, I combine in vivo bite force measurements with lab based research through muscle dissections, bone geometry analyses and digital reconstructions from high resolution scannings.
Dr. Federico Becerra
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 876
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