Sophie Regnault

Sophie Regnault

Postdoctoral Researcher
Sophie Regnault

Sophie originally trained and qualified as a veterinarian, spending some time working in general practice for a charity, before returning to the Royal Veterinary College in London (UK) to pursue her PhD. She studied the evolution and function of sesamoid bones, focusing on the patella (kneecap), and was awarded her doctorate in 2017. She is interested in the comparative evolutionary biomechanics of animals, but has also published on bony pathologies in the feet of large animals. Sophie joined the Pierce lab in 2018 as part of a larger project seeking to understand the evolution of the forelimb in mammals and their ancestors.


Regnault, S., Allen, V.R., Chadwick, K.P. and Hutchinson, J.R., 2017. Analysis of the moment arms and kinematics of ostrich (Struthio camelus) double patellar sesamoids. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology327(4), pp.163-171.

Regnault, S., Jones, M.E., Pitsillides, A.A. and Hutchinson, J.R., 2016. Anatomy, morphology and evolution of the patella in squamate lizards and tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus). Journal of anatomy228(5), pp.864-876

Regnault, S., Hutchinson, J.R. and Jones, M.E., 2017. Sesamoid bones in tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) investigated with X‐ray microtomography, and implications for sesamoid evolution in Lepidosauria. Journal of morphology278(1), pp.62-72.

Regnault, S., Pitsillides, A.A. and Hutchinson, J.R., 2014. Structure, ontogeny and evolution of the patellar tendon in emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) and other palaeognath birds. PeerJ2, p.e711.

Regnault S, Dixon JJ, Warren-Smith C, Hutchinson JR, Weller R. Skeletal pathology and variable anatomy in elephant feet assessed using computed tomography. PeerJ. 2017 Jan 18;5:e2877.

Regnault, S., Hermes, R., Hildebrandt, T., Hutchinson, J. and Weller, R., 2013. Osteopathology in the feet of rhinoceroses: lesion type and distribution. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine44(4), pp.918-927

Jiang, B., Zhao, T., Regnault, S., Edwards, N.P., Kohn, S.C., Li, Z., Wogelius, R.A., Benton, M.J. and Hutchinson, J.R., 2017. Cellular preservation of musculoskeletal specializations in the Cretaceous bird Confuciusornis.Nature Communications8, p.14779.

Samuels, M.E., Regnault, S. and Hutchinson, J.R., 2017. Evolution of the patellar sesamoid bone in mammals.PeerJ5, p.e3103.

Chadwick, K.P., Regnault, S., Allen, V. and Hutchinson, J.R., 2014. Three-dimensional anatomy of the ostrich (Struthio camelus) knee joint. PeerJ2, p.e706.


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