ICAT Learning Studio (253A) in the Moss Arts Center
The Brains (and more) Behind the Fossils
Speaker: Michelle Stocker
Description: To understand the evolution of biodiversity on Earth, paleontologists compare the skeletons of extinct animals to those of living animals through a combination of fieldwork, dissection, and imaging. Michelle Stocker of the Paleobiology & Geobiology Research Group is utilizing computed tomography (CT) technologies with fossils in order to understand the morphological evolution of reptiles through the fossil record. She and her students are using CT and 3D visualizations to examine a range of data, from the changes that occurred in brain anatomy among distant relatives of crocodylians and dinosaurs, to variations and repetitions in head shape among burrowing limbless reptiles and amphibians.