Possible Topics for Research Papers

 

            These are some search terms that will yield research papers of interest in functional and evolutionary morphology.  Search for any of these terms, and consider including  "exaptation," “development,” “morphology” or “evolution” as additional search terms.

 

● the name of any group of vertebrates, e.g. Coelacanths, Crocodillians, dinosaurs, etc. along with exaptation, development, morphology or evolution

 

● the name of any anatomical or organ system, e.g. nervous, cardiovascular, muscular, skeletal, digestive, reproductive, etc. along with exaptation, development, morphology or evolution

 

● whales origin

 

● bats origin

 

● any group of animals with “origin”

 

● middle ear evolution

 

● evolution of hearing, vision, olfaction, gustation (taste); electoreception, infrared sensation; consider groups of animals where these senses are highly developed

 

● gene expression and morphology

 

● adaptations for feeding, dental adaptations

 

● bite force, craniomandibular function

 

● evolution of flight or any specializations for locomotion (running, swimming, burrowing)

 

● sound production whales

 

● skull fenestration