Museum of Comparative Zoology

Wing MechanicsReconstruction of the wing mechanics in a Late Triassic pterosaur, Eudimorphodon cromptonellus. The asymmetry of the condyles at the distal end of the fourth metacarpal engender a rotational flexion of the distal wing during upstroke, and a folding of the wing. (F. A. Jenkins, Jr., N. H. Shubin, S. M. Gatesy and K. Padian. 2001. A diminutive pterosaur (Pterosauria: Eudimorphodontidae) from the Greenland Triassic. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 156(1): 151-170).

Studies of the comparative anatomy of fossil and recent vertebrates and the evolutionary pathways of structural and functional development.

Visit the Vertebrate Paleontology collection in the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Four broad research areas capture the core expertise of the members of OEB. Groundbreaking research in the life sciences is now more interdisciplinary than ever and many OEB faculty work in more than one of these areas. OEB also maintains expertise in a number of sub-fields of biology, including evolutionary developmental biology, neuroethology & behavioral ecology, paleobiology, population & evolutionary genetics, biomechanics & physiology, systematics, marine biology, ecology, plant biology, and mathematical & computational biology. Please visit individual faculty-group web sites for more specific information. Faculty are listed under the four broad research areas below according to their primary and, for some, secondary research interests.