About This Project
With an unusually shelled body, turtles are perhaps one of the most easily recognizable and enigmatic animals. Yet we know little about how the shell diversified during their rich 220-million year history. The shell-closing system of box turtles exemplifies the potential to undergo unprecedented evolutionary change. My project aims to, for the first time, employ 3D reconstruction techniques to visualise innovations that enable shell-closure - a key adaptation in turtle evolution.