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Research

Research in the MPWC group in Leipzig focused on the evolution of the human masticatory apparatus. To interpret evolutionary changes in fossil human anatomy, we need an informed understanding of the structure, development and function of bones, teeth and their constitutive tissues at both the macroscopic and microscopic level. This includes soft tissue anatomy (e. g. muscle, periodontal ligament) and functional performance parameters such as bite force which natural selection also acts upon.

Our research projects cover the following aspects:

Structure-function studies of calcified tissues

Anatomy and histology of masticatory muscles

Kinematics and dynamics of the masticatory apparatus

Covariation of dental and cranial morphology

Dietary reconstruction

Feeding experiments and chewing function