beattyBrian L. Beatty
Department of Anatomy
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Division of Paleobiology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC
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Brian Beatty's research is focused on exploring paleobiological methods, especially on secondarily aquatic tetrapods as model systems to explore the nature of functional morphology and convergence. He is especially interested in variation and the physical interactions of animals with their environment as manifest in their feeding ecology, tooth function, enamel microstructure, dental microwear, and oral pathology. Work refining paleobiological methods has led to a focus on modern aquatic groups (including Sirenia, Cetacea, Pinnipedia, Lutrinae, Crocodylia, and Chelonia) as well as terrestrial groups (Artiodactyla, Perissodactyla, Rodentia, Squamata). Fossil groups in which he is exploring how these methods can be applied include such disparate groups as Desmostylia, Embrithopoda, Multituberculata, Phytosauria, Metriorhynchoidea, Placodontia, and Mosasauria.