T. Alexander Dececchi

Hello, as the photos indicate I study dinosaurs, more specificly I am looking at morphological changes in the forelimb and pectoral girdle of theropod dinosaurs as they began to take to the air. Given the recent discoveries in China and South America the theropod ancestory of birds seems certain, so the next question is: how did arms become wings? I am searching for alterations in bone morphology that suggest changes in forelimb moblity, muscle attachment or utility. By examing how all elements of the forelimb evolve, tracing patterns and noting novelties, I can hopefully show the pathway that a lineage of small theropods took that lead them into the air.

Office: Room 302, Redpath Museum
Email: thomas.dececchimail.mcgill.ca
Phone: (514) 398-4086 ext 00221
Fax: (514) 398-3185

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