ANIMALS

Living Archosaurs

In our research the anatomical data from the living relatives of Triassic crocodiles and dinosaurs will help us estimate muscle function in these extinct animals.

The living relatives of Triassic crocodiles include: Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) and the living relatives of dinosaurs are birds including the Tinamous  (Eudromia elegans);  both of which we are looking at in our study.

Extinct Archosaurs

During our study we will use  simulation tools to build musculoskeletal models of the following eleven Late Triassic archosaurs:

Euparkeria capensis

Typothorax coccinarum sp.

Poposaurus gracilis

Batrachotomus kupferzellensis

Sphenosuchus acutus

Gracilisuchus stipanicicorum

Silesaurus opelensis

Marasuchus lilloensis

Heterodontosaurus tucki

Mussaurus patagonicus

Coelophysis bauri

 

Coelophysis
Artistic interpretation of Coelophysis Bauri by John Conway