Feeding, Function, and Fossils: You are how you chew

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Location: 101 Jordan Hall

Matt Ravosa

Interactive presentations start at 10:30 a.m. in the Jordan Hall Galleria

Unlike dinosaurs and other vertebrates, mammals bite and chew to initiate the breakdown of their food. This unique strategy is often reflected in the design of their skull and jaws, which allows scientists to understand the diet and lifestyle of extinct organisms. The lab of Matthew Ravosa, Ph.D., professor of biology, will share an interactive presentation with specimens from the Museum of Biodiversity to highlight functional insights into the fascinating diversity in mammalian cranial form.

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