I am a vertebrate palaeontologist currently employed at the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. 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.


Dr. Stephan Lautenschlager
School of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol
Life Sciences Building
24 Tyndall Avenue
Bristol BS8 1TQ
United Kingdom
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