Evolution of musculoskeletal anatomy and locomotor style in frogs

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Cell and Developmental Biology


Frogs exhibit impressively complex musculature and dramatic anatomical specialisations of the pelvis, limbs and spine, long assumed to represent adaptations for jumping. Yet many frogs employ a wide range of behaviours (walking, swimming, climbing, burrowing). Is anatomical complexity required for functional complexity? Using a novel combination of interdisciplinary and cutting-edge techniques (CT imaging and 3D visualization, musculoskeletal modelling, phylogenetic mapping) this project will determine the link between anatomy, locomotor function, and evolution in frogs, shedding light on how phylogenetic history and biomechanical function influence the origin and radiation of novel anatomical forms.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
BB/M009513/1 01/10/2015 30/09/2023
2241948 Studentship BB/M009513/1 23/09/2019 30/09/2023 Alice Camomile Leavey