The Ross Lab is working closely with the Luo Lab to better understand the evolution of the mammalian mandible. We are using the opossum feeding system as a tool for understanding how best to model transformations of mandible form in early mammals. Kelsey Stilson is studying the role of periodontal afferents in control of 3d jaw movements during chewing in opossums. Alec Wilken is studying loading and strain regimes in the mandibles of opossums and early mammals.
Skull shape and the demands of feeding: a biomechanical study of peccaries (Mammalia, Cetartiodactyla)
Hendges, CD, Patterson, BD, Cáceres, NC, Gasparini GM & Ross, CF. Journal of Mammalogy. 100 (2): 475–486 (2019) [DOI]