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WHAT SKELETONS CAN TELL

Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, Germán Montoya-Sanhueza, Carla du Toit and Caitlin Smith, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town

The skeleton of an animal does more than simply provide support and give scaffolding for muscles.  At the histological level, bones as living tissues also record various aspects of the life history of an animal.  The fact that a skeleton can survive millions of years of fossilisation with its microscopic structure intact, allows direct deductions to be made about the biology of long-dead animals.

This five-lecture course will give first-hand insight into the kind of research being done on modern and fossil bones at the university. Professor Chinsamy-Turan and her PhD students discuss their current research on the skeletons of various animals: the beaks of modern and fossil probing birds, the specialised bones of animals living underground, the bones of giraffes, and the bones of dinosaurs (including some of the largest animals ever to have walked on Earth). This course reveals what bones tell about the biology of both living and long-dead animals.

 

LECTURE TITLES

1. Overview: what bones can tell  Prof Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

2. Insights from probe-feeding birds  Carla Du Toit

3. Bones of diggers    Germán Montoya-Sanhueza

4. How giraffes grow  Caitlin Smith

5. Dinosaur bones  Prof Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

 

 

Date: 21 – 25 January 
Time: 11.15 am
COURSE FEES Full: R550,00  Staff and Students R275,00
Venue: LT2 Kramer Law Building UCT