I'm excited to be flying out to the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden next week! I will be presenting a poster on the latest work that John Hutchinson and I have done on developing a 3D musculoskeletal model of the forelimb in the tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum). Recent work by John and his colleagues have demonstrated that some early tetrapods were not capable of performing the range of motions that living salamanders are capable of, so this work is is being done to delve further into testing the prevailing hypothesis that early tetrapods moved on land using a salamander-like walking gait. It may turn out that the mechanics of walking and running on land using salamander-like gaits would have been too stressful to the limb bones of early tetrapods, which would further support diversity in locomotor designs even at the incipient stages during the evolution of terrestrial locomotion. This has been a really enriching experience in dynamic musculoskeletal modelling, and I am really excited to be sharing some of the progress we've made so far and to hopefully get some feedback on improving our model thus far.
If you are attending SEB this year, please feel free to stop by our poster! Here is the information for it:
Title: "Three-dimensional musculoskeletal model of the tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) forelimb during terrestrial locomotion."
Date: Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Session: Poster session 2
Poster #: A11.76
Time: 17:00 - 19:30
Location: Exhibition Hall, First Floor