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My PhD thesis

With 42 days to go until I have to submit my PhD thesis, I haven't really had much time to blog...let alone draw dinosaurs! All I have time for is to get stressed out. Anyway, in the midst of all this, I've finally decided on a thesis title: Bite force, and the evolution of feeding function in birds, dinosaurs and cats. The perfect title to show just how much unfocused my thesis is when it comes to a taxonomic group of interest, but extremely obsessed with bite force...ha! Of course it may be subject to change. The actual thesis consists of five chapters: Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Myology and functional morphology of extant archosaurs Chapter 3: Reconstruction of the jaw adductor muscles and jaw biomechanics in dinosaurs Chapter 4: Dry skull bite force estimation in felids Chapter 5: Tracing the evolution of bite force in Darwin’s finches and felids Chapter 1 introduces biomechanical concepts regarding bite force and also introduces bite force as a useful single