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NYIT Hosts Regional Anatomy Conference

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (March 28, 2012)  ̶  More than 50 experts from across the Northeast will gather at NYIT on Friday for a day-long symposium on the evolution of anatomy in modern and extinct animals.

Thirty-two scientists and their colleagues, including five students from NYIT’s New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM), will present their research and answer questions in 10-minute sessions on their studies of teeth, shoulders, tails, legs, and other parts of modern and extinct animals. 
“The northeast region has probably the highest concentration of professional comparative anatomists in the world,” said Brian Beatty, an assistant professor in NYCOM’s anatomy department, who organized the conference with Matt Mihlbachler, an associate professor.  “This is the first of what we hope will be an annual event that brings them together.”
The conference participants are studying the anatomies of a range of modern and fossil organisms, including African clawed frogs, otters, rhinos, and a 100 million-year-old marine crocodile, which was as large as a modern-day killer whale.  One presentation will feature a discussion on the evolution of the middle ear in mammals, an important “evolutionary event” that has helped researchers understand mammal origins. Another will focus on a researcher’s effort to determine how minke whales hear sounds from great distances.
Mihlbachler noted that unlike the widely-covered discoveries of unique fossils or species, many of the most important breakthroughs in the field stem from basic research on how anatomical structures have evolved. 
The event will be held from 8 am to 5 pm in the Rockefeller Auditorium. The conference’s logo, by NYCOM anatomy professor Jack Conrad, brings together the modern-fossil connection by depicting the snapping turtle, the New York State reptile, walking through a puddle in a track made by made a dinosaur, the state fossil of Connecticut.
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