Jaw Mechanics in Ornithischian Dinosaurs

Ornithischia is a large and incredibly diverse clade including a majority of the megaherbivorous dinosaur subclades, except sauropodomorphs and few non-avian theropods. It included the horned ceratopsian dinosaurs, like Triceratops, the dome-headed pachycephalosaurs, the armored dinosaurs, like Ankylosaurus, the plated and spiked dinosaurs, like Stegosaurus, and the duck-billed hadrosaurs and their relatives. For well over a century, researchers have explored…

“The Elephant’s Head” – Boas and Paulli Monograph

There is so much to say regarding the true beauty of the anatomy of living things and that is a large part of what this blog is meant for. I thought I might start off by showing some illustrations from my all-time favorite animal  anatomy monograph. This is Boas and Paulli’s “The Elephant’s Head”,  published in…

Hadrosaur Jaw Mechanics!

For my first research post, I’ve decided to repost (from my previous blog) a description of my first paper. Here it is! —– Hadrosaurs (a.k.a., the ‘duck-billed dinosaurs’) never really get the attention they deserve. Why? Well, probably because they don’t really have much in the way of cool spikes, armor, horns, or knife-like, serrated teeth…

A Little Introduction

Hey everyone! My name is Ali Nabavizadeh and I’m a postdoctoral scholar in Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago teaching medical gross anatomy and the Pritzker School of Medicine. I received my PhD in Functional Anatomy and Evolution at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2014. I am interested in…