FMEA students conduct research at Field Museum (Part 1)

Students of the FMEA lab visited the mammalogy and geology collections of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago on Monday, December 20, 2010.  They assisted Dr. White with lab research on prosimian skeletal development.

FMEA students at FMNH

FMEA students Mercedes Taylor (left) and Shannon Worstell (right) examine prosimian specimens in the mammal collections at the Field Museum in Chicago.

FMEA students at FMNH December 2010

FMEA students Mercedes Taylor (left) and Shannon Worstell (right) examining prosimian specimens in the Field Museum.

Meanwhile, graduate student Hillary Parks finished collecting data on the atlas (first neck vertebra) for her thesis on inferring fossil primate posture.  Collin VanBuren collected more data for his honors thesis on radius bone morphology and its relationship to forelimb posture.

We thank Bill Stanley for access and accommodation to the mammal collections, and Bill Simpson for similar assistance in geology.

Stay tuned — the FMEA lab may have a new and exciting research track …

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