Peishu is a second-year PhD student in the Luo lab and the Ross lab. He is broadly interested in the evolution, functional morphology and biomechanics of the mammalian feeding complex. For his dissertation research, Peishu focuses on the evolution and biomechanics of the hyoid apparatus and surrounding musculature in mammals. His research utilizes linear and geometric morphometrics, diceCT and the XROMM workflow to study the morphological disparity of hyoids in primates and other mammals, and how such disparity may translate to variation in 3D hyoid kinematics during chewing and swallowing. Peishu has previously conducted research on the dental topography of extinct South American stem platyrrhines, the skeletal anatomy of newborn ursids, and the igneous petrology of Hawaiian basalts.
Morphological disparity and evolutionary transformations in the primate hyoid apparatus
Li, P, Ross, CF, Luo, Z. Journal of Human Evolution. 162, 103094 (2021) [DOI]