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Dr Stephan Lautenschlager

Dr Stephan Lautenschlager

Dr Stephan Lautenschlager

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Area of research

Skull form and functional morphology in therizinosaur dinosaurs, and the evolution of herbivory in theropods

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Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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My research focuses on the relationship between form and function in extinct vertebrates. I am interested how biomechanical function evolved through time in various groups such as dinosaurs, birds, crocodiles and mammals. For my research I apply a suite of versatile and sophisticated methods to reconstruct the palaeobiology of fossil vertebrates and to decipher macroevolutionary and functional patterns in the vertebrate fossil record. These methods include traditional palaeontology and comparative anatomy, but also novel biomechanical modelling, geometric morphometrics and computer simulations, often using unconventional techniques and drawing upon my knowledge and experience as software engineer and geologist/palaeontologist.

My current research project focuses on the biomechanics and functional morphology of early mammals and their precursors. Using digital reconstruction and biomechanical analyses techniques, I am investigating the functional behaviour of the cranial complex in the course of the mammalian jaw joint transition.


  • biomechanics - functional morphology - soft tissue reconstruction - theropod evolution



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