Emily Lessner

Graduate Student, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

A number of animals alive today (e.g. birds, crocodiles, platypus) use sensory systems in their faces to forage or hunt for food. I am interested in understanding the anatomy and evolution of these systems in order to apply them to extinct animals that are part of the fossil record. I utilize dissection and 3D imaging (CT scans) to look inside the skulls of these animals. This research is important to reconstructing the behaviors of extinct animals. 

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