This is the culmination of what I first wrote about back in September, the field of geometric morphometrics. You may remember that this involved measuring the shape of an object (in this case biological objects) by assigning certain landmarks a set of co-ordinates and carrying out a load of fancy calculations and statistics. Although I’ll cover it here too, and it’s probably a good deal more accurate than last time I wrote about it.
Exciting news: this week is my final week of term! This also means that all deadlines are go, so here’s a poster I’ve had to make about gibbons. It’s got cute pictures!
The ecology and evolution of monogamy in the white-handed gibbon. (Clickable link).
Although it doesn’t sound like it, poster-making is a standard and important academic skill – the idea is to get a lot of information across in a clear and concise manner, without the information being too complicated. Posters are also meant to grab the attention of people just browsing and make them want to ask questions so you can show off all your hard-earned knowledge.
I know that some of the terms I’ve used may be a bit technical for people not working in the field so here are a few definitions, in order the order they appear in the poster:
Mya: million years ago
Sympatric: Living in the same area as
Brachiation: Swinging through the trees using only your arms. Like this: Brachiating gibbon.
Ulnar styloid: the protruding bit of bone at the bottom the left long bone (the ulna) in the diagram.
Semilunar meniscus: A unique structure in the wrists of apes (including humans).
Pronosupination: Twisting your wrist between palm down and palm up.
That’s it for this week!
p.s. this is also a slightly more correct version in spelling and stuff than the one I submitted for real. Count yourselves lucky!