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Research Article

Functional Relationship between Skull Form and Feeding Mechanics in Sphenodon, and Implications for Diapsid Skull Development

  • Neil Curtis mail,

    n.curtis@hull.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Medical and Biological Engineering Research Group, Department of Engineering, University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom

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  • Marc E. H. Jones,

    Affiliation: Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Junfen Shi,

    Affiliation: Medical and Biological Engineering Research Group, Department of Engineering, University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom

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  • Paul O'Higgins,

    Affiliation: Hull-York Medical School, University of York, York, United Kingdom

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  • Susan E. Evans,

    Affiliation: Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Michael J. Fagan

    Affiliation: Medical and Biological Engineering Research Group, Department of Engineering, University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom

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  • Published: December 28, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0029804

About the Authors

Neil Curtis, Junfen Shi, Michael J. Fagan
Medical and Biological Engineering Research Group, Department of Engineering, University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom
Marc E. H. Jones, Susan E. Evans
Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London, London, United Kingdom
Paul O'Higgins
Hull-York Medical School, University of York, York, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: n.curtis@hull.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: NC MEHJ JS PO SEE MJF. Performed the experiments: NC. Analyzed the data: NC MEHJ JS PO SEE MJF. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: NC JS. Wrote the paper: NC. Contributed significantly to editing of the submitted manuscript: MEHJ JS PO SEE MJF. Created the computational models: NC MEHJ. Developed analysis techniques: NC JS.