Turtles traversing an adaptive landscape

May 2, 2019

Blake Dickson's fabulous work on turtle humeri adpative landscapes is now out in Evolution! The research aimed to investiage whether or not the shape of humeri reflect functional trade-offs of living and moving in different environemnts. The answer: YES! Blake performed a truely integrative study that combined 3D shape analysis, with finite element modeling and adaptive landscapes. The work provides a significant advancement on building morpho-functional adaptive landscapes that is sure to stimulate lots of follow-on work.

Dickson, D.V., and S.E. Pierce. 2019.“Functional performance of turtle humerus shape across an ecological adaptive landscape." Evolution doi:10.1111/evo.13747