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April 2014

“Your Inner Fish”

SML Lecturer Stephanie Pierce appeared in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Public Broadcasting Service science documentary. Stephanie discussed how early tetrapods moved as they ventured out of the water and onto land.

Your Inner Fish

Anatomy's Revival

Popular article by John Hutchinson on the resurgence of interest and rigor in anatomical sciences - read to date by over 30,000 people worldwide. A longer version is here.

Funded PhD Studentship with Dr Chris Richards :

"The evolution and musculoskeletal function of the amphibian pelvic apparatus". Deadline for applications: 28 April 2014.

The One Show

Continuing work on novel animal-mounted sensors (Behzad Herav) and formation flight (Jim Usherwood) features on The One Show (BBC1 at 7 pm on 2 April 2014).

Behzad Heravi among the geese

Did Losing their Tails make Birds Cock-of-the-Walk

New blog by Vivian Allen

Chicken sketch with tail attachment

Night at the Vet College- RVC Lates

Free event at Camden from 5 pm on 25 April. Chicken, egg . . . what next? Book now.

...News Archive

The Structure & Motion Laboratory is part of the Comparative Physiology and Medicine Research Programme at the Royal Veterinary College. The research team includes vets, biologists, palaeontologists, engineers and computer scientists, supported by technical and administrative staff. Our research base is a modern 46m x 17m laboratory at the College’s Hertfordshire campus housing state-of-the-art facilities for studying the biomechanics of locomotion; much experimental research is also undertaken in the field.

The head of the lab is Professor Alan Wilson.

Structure and Motion

Animals, including ourselves, need to move to feed, to avoid becoming food, to find a mate, to compete and to indulge in complex behaviours such as play. Our goal is to answer fundamental questions relating to how and why animals are structured and move as they do, how movement is controlled and the limits to performance. We work with a wide range of animals, from horses, dogs and humans to dinosaurs, elephants, cheetahs, insects, birds and squirrels...

A wide range of science and technology

Questions about animal movement can be addressed from many different perspectives using, for instance, high-speed cameras, ultrasound, force plates and computer models. Technical expertise, together with our extensive facilities, also enables us to develop new technology to measure and analyse movement in ways not previously possible.

Fast moving elephant

This range of approaches is complemented by an equally wide range of investigations, from looking at tiny muscle fibre bundle contractions to investigating group dynamics in herds of animals and even phylogenetic analyses of broad evolutionary lineages.

Communicating research

As part of our commitment to wide communication of our research, most members of the Structure & Motion Lab take part in engagement and outreach activities, ranging from blogs to presenting at school science events, contributing to public exhibitions as well as television and radio programmes. We have an ongoing programme of public engagement activities.

Children investigating bonesSchool students in lab
School students finding out about research

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