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From micro to macroevolution: drivers of shape variation in an island radiation of Podarcis lizards (2021)
Journal Article
Taverne, M., Dutel, H., Fagan, M., Štambuk, A., Lisičić, D., Tadić, Z., …Herrel, A. (2021). From micro to macroevolution: drivers of shape variation in an island radiation of Podarcis lizards. Evolution, 75(11), 2685-2707. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.14326

Phenotypictraits have been shown to evolve in response to variation in the environment. However, the evolutionary processes underlying the emergence of phenotypic diversity can typically only be understood at the population level. Consequently, how s... Read More about From micro to macroevolution: drivers of shape variation in an island radiation of Podarcis lizards.

Computational biomechanical modelling of the rabbit cranium during mastication (2021)
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Watson, P. J., Sharp, A. C., Choudhary, T., Fagan, M. J., Dutel, H., Evans, S. E., & Gröning, F. (2021). Computational biomechanical modelling of the rabbit cranium during mastication. Scientific reports, 11(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-92558-5

Although a functional relationship between bone structure and mastication has been shown in some regions of the rabbit skull, the biomechanics of the whole cranium during mastication have yet to be fully explored. In terms of cranial biomechanics, th... Read More about Computational biomechanical modelling of the rabbit cranium during mastication.

Regional patterning in tail vertebral form and function in chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) (2021)
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Luger, A. M., Watson, P. J., Dutel, H., Fagan, M. J., Van Hoorebeke, L., Herrel, A., & Adriaens, D. (2021). Regional patterning in tail vertebral form and function in chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus). Integrative and Comparative Biology, 61(2), 455-463. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icab125

Previous studies have focused on documenting shape variation in the caudal vertebrae in chameleons underlying prehensile tail function. The goal of this study was to test the impact of this variation on tail function using multibody dynamic analysis... Read More about Regional patterning in tail vertebral form and function in chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus).

Comparative cranial biomechanics in two lizard species: impact of variation in cranial design (2021)
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Groning, F., Dutel, H., Gröning, F., Sharp, A. C., Watson, P. J., Herrel, A., …Fagan, M. J. (2021). Comparative cranial biomechanics in two lizard species: impact of variation in cranial design. The journal of experimental biology, 224(5), Article jeb.234831. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.234831

Cranial morphology in lepidosaurs is highly disparate and characterised by the frequent loss or reduction of bony elements. In varanids and geckos, the loss of the postorbital bar is associated with changes in skull shape, but the mechanical principl... Read More about Comparative cranial biomechanics in two lizard species: impact of variation in cranial design.