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Michael Bruce Habib, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Integrative Anatomical Sciences
Integrative Anatomical Sciences
BMT 403 1333 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 2083

Overview

Dr. Michael Habib is an Assistant Professor in the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a Research Associate in the Dinosaur Institute at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Michael is a paleontologist and biomechanist who reconstructs the anatomy, physiology, and motion of extinct animals. Michael is most widely recognized for his work on giant pterosaurs (the largest flying animals in Earth’s history), feathered dinosaurs, and the origin of flight in birds. Michael runs ongoing field projects in New Mexico and Alberta focused on the discovery and excavation of Cretaceous vertebrate fossils. He has ongoing research projects related to the mechanics of pterosaurs, birds, titanosaurs, and mosasaurs. Michael is also a freelance illustrator who enjoys working at the interface of science and art. His work on the behavior and anatomy of extinct animals has improved modern reconstructions of past species and helped inspire creature creation efforts for television and film.

Awards

USC Keck School of Medicine: Year II Faculty Teaching Award, 2015

USC Keck School of Medicine: Year I Faculty Teaching Award, 2014

Popular Science Magazine: Brilliant 10, 2014

Discover Magazine: Top 100 Science Stories of 2009, 2010

Publications

The locomotion of Babakotia radofilai inferred from epiphyseal and diaphyseal morphology of the humerus and femur. J Morphol. 2016 Sep; 277(9):1199-218. View in: PubMed

The wings before the bird: an evaluation of flapping-based locomotory hypotheses in bird antecedents. PeerJ. 2016; 4:e2159. View in: PubMed

A specimen of Rhamphorhynchus with soft tissue preservation, stomach contents and a putative coprolite. PeerJ. 2015; 3:e1191. View in: PubMed

Singing voice handicap and videostrobolaryngoscopy in healthy professional singers. J Voice. 2014 Sep; 28(5):608-13. View in: PubMed

A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance. Nat Commun. 2014; 5:4382. View in: PubMed

A new specimen of the Early Cretaceous bird Hongshanornis longicresta: insights into the aerodynamics and diet of a basal ornithuromorph. PeerJ. 2014; 2:e234. View in: PubMed

Adaptations of the Owl's Cervical & Cephalic Arteries in Relation to Extreme Neck Rotation. Science. 2013; 339(6119):514-515. View in: PubMed

An annotated and illustrated catalogue of Solnhofen (Upper Jurassic, Germany) pterosaur specimens at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Annals of Carnegie Musuem. 2013; 82(2):149-175. View in: PubMed

Constraining the Air Giants: Limits on size in flying animals as an example of constraint-based biomechanical theories of form. Biological Theory. 2013; 8(3):245-252. View in: PubMed

Fossil plotopterid seabirds from the Eo-Oligocene of the Olympic Peninsula (Washington State, USA): descriptions and functional morphology. PLoS One. 2011; 6(10):e25672. View in: PubMed

On the size and flight diversity of giant pterosaurs, the use of birds as pterosaur analogues and comments on pterosaur flightlessness. PLoS One. 2010; 5(11):e13982. View in: PubMed

The structural mechanics and evolution of aquaflying birds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2010; 99(4):687-698. View in: PubMed

PanTHERIA: A species-level database of life-history, ecology, and geography of extant and recently extinct mammals (Data Paper). Ecology. 2009; 90(9):2648. View in: PubMed

Comparative evidence for quadrupedal launch in pterosaurs. Zitteliana. 2008; B28:161-168. View in: PubMed

The effects of locomotion on the structural characteristics of avian limb bones. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2008; 153:601-624. View in: PubMed

Supertrees are a necessary not-so-evil: a comment on Gatesy et al. Syst Biol. 2003 Oct; 52(5):724-9. View in: PubMed

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