The 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2013)


Session 6. Assessing Function via Shape: What is the place of geometric morphometrics in functional morphology?. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Claire Terhune and Siobhán Cooke

Thursday Morning, 301D Add to calendar

The past twenty years have seen the rapid expansion and adoption of quantitative methodologies designed to capture and describe complex two- and three-dimensional shapes. Chief among these has been the group of methods making up the geometric morphometric toolkit. Geometric morphometrics is very successful at capturing complex shapes, but it has come under criticism when applied to purely functional questions, especially those derived from the biomechanical literature. To highlight some of these issues, this symposium explores the use of geometric morphometric techniques for assessing functional morphology. We ask a simple question, but one that has many answers: can geometric morphometrics and functional shape analyses be used to address similar functional hypotheses? The research presented in this symposium explores this question through topics ranging broadly across taxa and morphological regions. Through this diverse collection of research we hope to stimulate discussion and highlight new directions for future work in this commonly employed but often debated research area.

1 Add to calendar Form and function in a sample of platyrrhine primates: A three-dimensional analysis of dental and TMJ morphology . Siobhán B. Cooke, Claire E. Terhune.
2 Add to calendar Understanding the role of diet in shaping the lemuriform mandible: Comparing traditional and geometric morphometric approaches. Karen L. Baab, Jonathan M.G. Perry.
3 Add to calendar Geometric morphometrics as a tool in evolutionary biomechanics. David S. Strait.
4 Add to calendar Visualizing artiodactyl ecomorphology with geometric morphometrics. Sabrina C. Curran.
5 Add to calendar What is the role of geometric morphometrics in testing functional hypotheses? A case study using 3D pelvic shape . Kristi L. Lewton.
6 Add to calendar Shape as a predictor of intermembral index . Melissa Tallman.
7 Add to calendar The relationship between talar morphology and habitual substrate use among living gorilla taxa assessed using 3D geometric morphometrics. Ryan P. Knigge, Matthew W. Tocheri, Caley M. Orr, Kieran P. McNulty.
8 Add to calendar The talo-crural joint: Interface of genome and use. Kevin Turley, Stephen R. Frost.
9 Add to calendar Morpho-functional signals in the wrist of extant hominoids derived from 3D geometric morphometrics: the hamate as a test case. Sergio Almécija, Caley M. Orr, Matthew W. Tocheri, Biren A. Patel, William L. Jungers.
10 Add to calendar Geometric morphometrics of hominoid infraspinous fossa shape. David J. Green, Jesse D. Serrins, Amy R. Martiny, Philipp Gunz.
11 Add to calendar Functional Morphology of the Neandertal Scapular Glenoid Fossa. Marisa E. Macias, Steven E. Churchill.
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