Brianna McHorse

Brianna McHorse

PhD Candidate
Brianna McHorse

Brianna is interested in combining macroevolutionary and biomechanical approaches to study animal locomotion in extinct and extant animals. Her dissertation research focuses on evolutionary digit reduction in fossil horses. This project draws on a variety of methods, including comparative phylogenetics, finite element modeling, and kinetics and kinematics. More information on this project and her past work can be found on her personal webpage.


Sertich, J.J.W., R.K. Stucky, H.G. McDonald, C. Newton, D.C. Fisher, E. Scott, J.R. Demboski, C. Lucking, B.K. McHorse, and E.B. Davis. 2014. High elevation late Pleistocene (MIS 65) vertebrate faunas from the Ziegler Reservoir fossil site, Snowmass Village, Colorado. Quaternary Research 82(3): 504-517.

Davis, E.B. and B.K. McHorse. 2013. A method for improved identificati on of postcrania from mammalian fossil assemblages: multivariate discriminant analysis of camelid astragali. Palaeontologia Electronica 16(3): 27A, 15p.

McHorse, B.K., J.D. Orcutt, and E.B. Davis. 2012. The carnivoran fauna of Rancho La Brea: average or aberrant? Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 329-330:118–123.

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Museum of Comparative Zoology
Room 103A
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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