© 2019 by Carol V Ward

Our lab is interested in the evolution of the postcranial skeleton and its behavioral correlates in catarrhine primates, especially those from Africa, from the earliest Miocene through the Plio-Pleistocene.  Most of our work involves studying the functional morphology of modern primates and other mammals to explore what morphology can tell us about locomotor adaptation, and evolutionary history.  We use a variety of methods, especially landmark and nonlandmark-based morphometrics using 3D polygonal models of extant and fossil bones constructed from laser scan and CT data. 

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