Grasping onto evolution: testing hypotheses on adaptive evolution of animal prehensile systems

01 January 2016 → 31 December 2019
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal morphology, anatomy and physiology
    • Vertebrate biology
    • Biology of adaptation
    • Phylogeny and comparative analysis
  • Engineering and technology
    • Design theories and methods not elsewhere classified
biomechanics prehensile tail invertebrates 3d printing morphology Biomimetics
Project description

Prehensile systems have evolved multiple times independently among vertebrates. Prehensile tails is just one of those, which can be found in fishes, reptiles and mammals. With this project, we want to study how the musculoskeletal system has become adapted for this function, by performing biomechanical analyses and testing models using 3D printing. From that, we can also derive potential applications in industry or biomedical sciences.