This workshop aims to give the participants the ability to use the interdisciplinary approach of biomechanics, especially (but not only) through examples in palaeontology. Simple models based on the basic principles of classical physics will be used to infer the life history of extinct vertebrates.
- Fariña FA (1995) Limb bone strength and habits in large glyptodonts. Lethaia, 28: 189-196.
- Fariña RA, Blanco RE (1996) Megatherium, the stabber. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 263: 1725-1729.
- Fariña RA, Vizcaíno SF, Blanco RE (1997) Scaling of the Indicator of Athletic Capability in fossil and extant land tetrapods. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 185: 441-446.
- Alexander RM, Fariña RA, Vizcaíno SF (1999) Tail blow energy and carapace fractures in a large glyptodont (Mammalia, Xenarthra). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 126: 41-49.
- Vizcaíno SF, Fariña RA, Mazzetta GV (1999) Ulnar dimensions and fossoriality in armadillos. Acta Theriologica, 44: 309.
- Alexander RM (2003) Modelling approaches in biomechanics. Phil Trans R Soc Lond B, 358: 1429-1435.
- Alexander RM, Animal mechanics, Blackwell Scientific Publications.
Scale, Allometry and Body Mass Estimation:
- De Esteban-Trivigno S, Mendoza M, De Renzi M (2008) Body mass estimation in Xenarthra: Predictive equations suitable for all quadrupedal terrestrial placentals? Journal of Morphology, 269: 1276-1293.
- Henderson DH (2010) Estimating the masses and centers of mass of extinct animals by 3D mathematical slicing. Paleobiolgy, 25 (1): 88-106.
- De Esteban-Trivigno S, Köhler M (2011) New equations for body mass estimation in bovids: Testing some procedures when constructing regression functions. Mammalian Biology, 76 (6): 755-761.
Entheseal Changes and Cross-Sectional Properties:
- Hawkey DE, Merbs CF (1995) Activity-induced musculoskeletal stress markers (MSM) and subsistence strategy changes among ancient Hudson Bay eskimos. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 5: 324-338.
- Ruff CB (2000) Biomechanical analyses of archaeological human skeletons. Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, Pages 71-102 in Katzenberg MA, Saunders SR, eds. Wiley-Liss. New York.
- O’Neill MC, Ruff CB (2004) Estimating human long bone cross-sectional geometric properties: A comparison of noninvasive methods. Journal of Human Evolution, 47: 221-235.
- Galtés I, Rodríguez-Baeza A, Malgosa A (2006) Mechanical morphogenesis: A concept applied to the surface of the radius. The Anatomical Record, 288: 794-805.
- Ruff CB, Holt B, Trinkaus E (2006) Who’s afraid of the big bad wolff? “Wolff’s law” and bone functional adaptation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 129: 484-498.
- Shaw CN, Stock JT (2009) Habitual throwing and swimming correspond with upper limb diaphyseal strength and shape in modern human athletes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 140: 160-172.
- Villotte S, Castex D, Couallier V, Dutour O, Knüsel CJ, Henry-Gambier D (2010) Enthesopathies as occupational stress markers: Evidence from the upper limb. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 142: 224-234.
- Davies TG, Shaw CN, Stock JT (2012) A test of a new method and software for the rapid estimation of cross-sectional geometric properties of long bone diaphyses from 3D laser surface scans. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 4: 277-290.
- Ibáñez-Gimeno P, Galtés I, Jordana X, Fiorin E, Manyosa J, Malgosa A (2012) Entheseal changes and functional implications of the humeral medial epicondyle. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 23: 211-220.
- Ibáñez-Gimeno P, De Esteban-Trivigno S, Jordana X, Manyosa J, Malgosa A, Galtés I (2013) Functional plasticity of the human humerus: Shape, rigidity and muscular entheses. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 150: 609-617.
Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.
Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this course. However a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).
Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.
Discounts are not cumulative.