Grant winners

April 11, 2013

Leverhulme Trust

Research Project Grants

Quantitative live cell imaging of enhancer-dependent gene expression

Mechanisms and impact of post-transcriptional exon shuffling (PTES) in mammals

Stress, life history and dental development in primates

International Networks

Idealism and pragmatism: convergence or contestation?

Action Medical Research

Research Project Grants

Perthes’ disease: identifying who is at risk and why

Spine curvature: helping children with scoliosis to breathe

Multiple sclerosis: what causes damage and destruction of the nervous system?

Economic and Social Research Council

DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme

Politics, finance and growth

Innovations to promote growth among small-scale irrigators in Africa: an ethnographic and knowledge-exchange approach

In detail

Award winner: Robert Nudds
Institution: University of Manchester
Value: £148,988

Reconstructing the flight capabilities of feathered fossils

“Bird flight has captured the imagination of scientist and layman alike,” wrote Robert Nudds in a recent issue of the Leverhulme Trust’s newsletter. “Yet despite a history of study stretching back at least as far as Leonardo da Vinci, our knowledge of this subject remains incomplete.” The aim of this project is to reconstruct the flight ability of feathered fossil species using different theoretical approaches to inform the understanding of the evolution of flight in birds. Significant knowledge gaps are the amount of force that acts upon the individual wing feathers of bird wings during flight and the overall force distribution across different bird wing shapes, and upon wings during different types of flight. This research project aims to determine these forces and then use this knowledge to postulate the flight abilities of extinct feathered species such as Archaeopteryx.

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