Research InterestMy PhD research focuses on the tail anatomy of non-avian theropod dinosaurs, which includes the big carnivores like Tyrannosaurus and Albertosaurus. I perform dissections on modern animals and look for relationships between tail bone structure (which would be preserved in the fossil record) and tail musculature and flexibility. Some dinosaur tail muscles were connected to their leg bones (as well as to their hips), so my work has direct implications for assessments of dinosaur speed. I am also concerned with charting evolutionary trends in tail morphology across the theropod lineage and with the specialization of different tail forms in different theropod groups.
W. Scott Persons, PhD Student
Office: Z 413, Biological Sciences
Phone: 1 (780) 492-1252
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