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Monotreme ears and the evolution of mammal jaws

Posted by on August 5th, 2020

Jaw joints, in most vertebrate animals that have them, form between a bone in the head called the quadrate and one in the mandible called the articular. The mandibles (lower jaw bone) of most vertebrates is compound, made up of fused bones, but we mammals are different.  We have lots of different types of teeth[…]

BSDB Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship Report #22 – Annabel Adams

Posted by on December 17th, 2018

Established  by the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2014, The Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback[…]

FaceBase: An online resource for craniofacial research

Posted by on August 16th, 2016

In 2009, FaceBase was launched in response to the need for more comprehensive analysis of craniofacial development: with so much craniofacial data being generated, there is a danger of relevant datasets being buried in the avalanche of genomic and other data. FaceBase is a curated, one-stop shop for facial development and research offering the community input and[…]

An interview with Abigail Tucker

Posted by on April 5th, 2016

This interview first featured in Development.   Abigail Tucker is a professor at King’s College London, UK and her lab works on various aspects of craniofacial development – from basic, evolutionary and clinical biology perspectives. This year, Abigail will be awarded the first Cheryll Tickle Medal by the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB). We[…]

How The Bird Got Its Beak

Posted by on May 28th, 2015

Nature’s most interesting secrets can sometimes be found in our own backyards. One such secret is related to all birds, those pigeons, thrushes and sparrows that we see everyday. This familiarity means that we do not think too much of birds passing them by on our way to work or school. However, if the birds[…]

Grasping tendon development with the zebrafish

Posted by on May 9th, 2014

by Jessica Chen and Jenna Galloway   Animals can contort their bodies into a diversity of movements: running, jumping, climbing, and swimming to name a few. All of these movements are possible because tendons transmit the force produced by the muscles to the bones. Most of us do not pay much attention to our tendons[…]

On the origins of species-specific size

Posted by on February 25th, 2014

by Jennifer L. Fish and Richard A. Schneider   “For every type of animal there is a most convenient size, and a large change in size inevitably carries with it a change of form.” Haldane 1926.   As articulated most eloquently by Haldane (1926) in his classic essay on “Being the Right Size”, every animal[…]