Patterns of morphospace occupation and mechanical performance in extant crocodilian skulls: a combined geometric morphometric and finite element modeling approach.

@article{Pierce2008PatternsOM,
  title={Patterns of morphospace occupation and mechanical performance in extant crocodilian skulls: a combined geometric morphometric and finite element modeling approach.},
  author={Stephanie E Pierce and Kenneth D. Angielczyk and Emily J Rayfield},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  year={2008},
  volume={269 7},
  pages={840-64}
}
Extant and fossil crocodilians have long been divided into taxonomic and/or ecological groups based on broad patterns of skull shape, particularly the relative length and width of the snout. However, these patterns have not been quantitatively analyzed in detail, and their biomechanical and functional implications are similarly understudied. Here, we use geometric morphometrics and finite element analysis to explore the patterns of variation in crocodilian skull morphology and the functional… CONTINUE READING