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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
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
- Lautenschlager, S, Brassey, C, Button, D & Barrett, P, 2016, Decoupled form and function in disparate herbivorous dinosaur clades. Scientific Reports.
- Lautenschlager, S, 2016, Digital reconstruction of soft-tissue structures in fossils. Journal of Paleontology.
- Lautenschlager, S, 2015, Estimating cranial musculoskeletal constraints in theropod dinosaurs. Royal Society Open Science, vol 2.
- Lautenschlager, S & Rauhut, O, 2015, Osteology of Rauisuchus tiradentes from the Late Triassic (Carnian) Santa Maria Formation of Brazil, and its implications for rauisuchid anatomy and phylogeny. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol 173., pp. 55-91
- Lautenschlager, S, Witmer, LM, Altangerel, P, Zanno, LE & Rayfield, EJ, 2014, Cranial anatomy of Erlikosaurus andrewsi (Dinosauria, Therizinosauria): New insights based on digital reconstruction. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol 34., pp. 1263-1291
- Cunningham, JA, Rahman, IA, Lautenschlager, S, Rayfield, EJ & Donoghue, PCJ, 2014, A virtual world of paleontology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, vol 29., pp. 347-357
- Lautenschlager, S, 2014, Morphological and functional diversity in therizinosaur claws and the implications for theropod claw evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, vol 281.
- Lautenschlager, S & Ruecklin, M, 2014, Beyond the print-virtual paleontology in science publishing, outreach, and education. Journal of Paleontology, vol 88., pp. 727-734
- Lautenschlager, S, Bright, JA & Rayfield, EJ, 2014, Digital dissection – using contrast-enhanced computed tomography scanning to elucidate hard- and soft-tissue anatomy in the Common Buzzard Buteo buteo. Journal of Anatomy, vol 224., pp. 412-431
- Lautenschlager, S, Witmer, LM, Altangerel, P & Rayfield, EJ, 2013, Edentulism, beaks and biomechanical innovations in the early evolution of theropod dinosaurs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
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