Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology

Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory

Romain Pintore is a research assistant in the ERC-funded DAWNDINOS project with Prof. John Hutchinson as part of his PhD. His research focus on functional morphology applied to palaeontology, more precisely about how posture and locomotion evolved among early archosaurs by studying inner and outer adaptations of their limb bones.

After studying Geosciences in his native region of France, Romain obtained his MSc in Palaeontology and Evolutionary Biology from the Paris Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) in 2018. During this time he took part in various studies about dinosaurs’ limb bones and 3D imaging involving functional morphology, intraspecific morphological variations and retrodeformations. In addition, Romain enjoys volunteering in research activities, palaeontological fieldworks and outreach with audiences from all ages and backgrounds.

Romain’s research focus on vertebrate palaeontology, functional morphology and evolutionary biology. He is mostly interested in functional aspects of extinct animals, more particularly about how archosaurs moved because of their unique postural diversity. This is part of his PhD co supervised by Prof John R. Hutchinson and Dr. Alexandra Houssaye from the ERC-funded GRAVIBONE project at MNHN/CNRS in Paris. In order to study posture and locomotion of extinct archosaurs, Romain uses a combination of 3D tools – such as geometric morphometrics – and statistics applied to 3D models of fossil and extant limb bones.

In addition to his research activities, Romain enjoys sharing his passion for palaeontology with non-scientific audience. One of his favourite outreach activity is to guide people through the palaeontological dinosaur site of Angeac Charente (France). This also involves communicating with children about excavation techniques and the study of vertebrate palaeontology and functional morphology. Romain also took part to the DAWNDINOS after-school club to interact with students about cutting-edge palaeontological techniques.

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