Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory

Andrew is working on the biomechanics of felids (cats), looking at the effects of muscle and bone scaling across the extant and extinct members of the family. Of particular interest is the vertebral series, which is poorly studied. Andrew is part of the Structure and Motion Laboratory at the RVC and is also based at UCL working under Anjali Goswami.

Andrew graduated from the University of Bristol in 2010 with an MSci in Palaeontolgy and Evolution. He continued his research at the University of Bristol and completed his PhD on biomechanics of ornithomimosaurs in early 2014 before taking up a Levhulme Postdoctorate position at UCL and the Royal Veterinary College.

Andrew is looking at how the felid biomechanics change within the group in terms of myology and osteology with respect to size. Felids seem to be unique amongst mammals for having a large size range but not changing their posture or gait with this increase in size. Of particular interest is the effect this has on the vertebral column.

In addition to the research being carried out by himself at UCL and the RVC, Andrew is collaborating with researchers at the University of Bristol and continuing work from his PhD looking at the evolution of theropod dinosaur crania with respect to biomechanics and diets, as well as studies on marine reptiles, crurotarsans, and fissure fill deposits from the Bristol region.

Halliday TJD, Cuff AR Prassad GVR, Thanglemmoi MS, Goswami A, 2016. New record of Egertonia (Phyllodontidae, Elopiformes) from the Late Cretaceous of South India. Papers in Palaeontology.

Cuff AR, Bright JA, Rayfield EJ, 2015. Validation of the finite element method in an avian (Struthio camelus) skull. PeerJ 3, e1294

Cuff AR, Rayfield EJ, 2015. Retrodeformation and muscular reconstruction of ornithomimosaurian dinosaur crania. PeerJ 3, e1093

Cuff AR, Randau M, Head J, Hutchinson JR, Pierce SE, Goswami A, 2015. Big cat, small cat: Reconstructing body size evolution in living and extinct Felidae. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28, 1516-1525.

Foffa D, Cuff AR, Sassoon J, Rayfield EJ, Mavrogordato MN, Benton MJ, 2014. Functional anatomy and feeding biomechanics of a giant Upper Jurassic pliosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from Weymouth Bay, Dorset, UK. Journal of Anatomy 225 (2), 209-219

Foffa D, Sassoon J, Cuff AR, Mavrogordato MN, Benton MJ, 2014. Complex rostral neurovascular system in a giant pliosaur. Naturwissenschaften 101 (5), 453-456

Cuff AR, Rayfield EJ, 2013. Feeding Mechanics in Spinosaurid Theropods and Extant Crocodilians. PLoS ONE 8(5): e65295. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065295

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