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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


Dr. Michael Habib is an Assistant Professor in the Keck School of Medicine of USC, a Research Associate in the Dinosaur Institute at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, and a Research Associate in Vertebrate Paleontology at the Carnegie 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 active research projects related to the mechanics of pterosaurs, birds, titanosaurs, and mosasaurs. He is also a freelance illustrator who works at the interface of science and art through exhibit design, paleoreconstruction, and creature design for television and film.


USC Keck School of Medicine: Master Teacher, 2018

USC Keck School of Medicine: Year I Faculty Teaching Award, 2018

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


. Flight aerodynamics in enantiornithines: Information from a new Chinese Early Cretaceous bird PLoS One. 2017; 12(10):e0184637. View in: PubMed

. The locomotion of Babakotia radofilai inferred from epiphyseal and diaphyseal morphology of the humerus and femur J Morphol. 2016 09; 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

. The wingtips of the pterosaurs: anatomy, aeronautical function and ecological implications Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 2015; (440):431–439. 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 Jul 15; 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

. 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

. Adaptations of the Owl's Cervical & Cephalic Arteries in Relation to Extreme Neck Rotation Science. 2013; 339(6119):514-515. 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 Nov 15; 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

. 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

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