Cranial performance in the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) as revealed by high-resolution 3-D finite element analysis.

@article{Moreno2008CranialPI,
  title={Cranial performance in the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) as revealed by high-resolution 3-D finite element analysis.},
  author={Karen Moreno and Stephen Wroe and Philip D. Clausen and Colin Mchenry and Domenic C D'Amore and Emily J Rayfield and Eleanor Cunningham},
  journal={Journal of anatomy},
  year={2008},
  volume={212 6},
  pages={736-46}
}
The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) displays a unique hold and pull-feeding technique. Its delicate 'space-frame' skull morphology differs greatly from that apparent in most living large prey specialists and is suggestive of a high degree of optimization, wherein use of materials is minimized. Here, using high-resolution finite element modelling based on dissection and in vivo bite and pull data, we present results detailing the mechanical performance of the giant lizard's skull. Unlike… CONTINUE READING