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    Michael Bruce Habib, PhD

    TitleAssistant Professor of Clinical Cell & Neurobiology
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentCell and Neurobiology
    AddressBMT 403 1333 San Pablo Street
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089
    Phone+1 323 442 2083

      Dr. Michael Habib is an Assistant Professor in the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a Research Associate in the Dinosaur Institute at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Michael received his bachelors and masters degrees in biology from the University of Virginia and his PhD in Functional Anatomy from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. 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. He has ongoing research projects related to the mechanics of pterosaurs, birds, titanosaurs, and mosasaurs. He is the current expedition leader for the Augustyn Dinosaur Expeditions of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

       Awards and Honors
      USC Keck School of Medicine2015Year II Faculty Teaching Award
      Popular Science Magazine2014Brilliant 10
      USC Keck School of Medicine2014Year I Faculty Teaching Award
      Discover Magazine2010Top 100 Science Stories of 2009

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      1. Dececchi TA, Larsson HC, Habib MB. The wings before the bird: an evaluation of flapping-based locomotory hypotheses in bird antecedents. PeerJ. 2016; 4:e2159..
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      2. Marchi D, Ruff CB, Capobianco A, Rafferty KL, Habib MB, Patel BA. The locomotion of Babakotia radofilai inferred from epiphyseal and diaphyseal morphology of the humerus and femur. J Morphol. 2016 Sep; 277(9):1199-218..
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      3. Hone D, Henderson DM, Therrien F, Habib MB. A specimen of Rhamphorhynchus with soft tissue preservation, stomach contents and a putative coprolite. PeerJ. 2015; 3:e1191..
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      4. Han G, Chiappe LM, Ji SA, Habib M, Turner AH, Chinsamy A, Liu X, Han L. A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance. Nat Commun. 2014; 5:4382..
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      5. Castelblanco L, Habib M, Stein DJ, de Quadros A, Cohen SM, Noordzij JP. Singing voice handicap and videostrobolaryngoscopy in healthy professional singers. J Voice. 2014 Sep; 28(5):608-13..
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      6. Chiappe LM, Zhao B, O'Connor JK, Chunling G, Wang X, Habib M, Marugan-Lobon J, Meng Q, Cheng X. A new specimen of the Early Cretaceous bird Hongshanornis longicresta: insights into the aerodynamics and diet of a basal ornithuromorph. PeerJ. 2014; 2:e234..
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      7. Fabian de Kok-Mercado, M Habib, T Phelps, L Gregg, and P Gailloud. Adaptations of the Owl's Cervical & Cephalic Arteries in Relation to Extreme Neck Rotation. Science. 2013; 339(6119):514-515.
      8. Hone DWE, Habib MB, Lamanna MC. 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.
      9. Habib M. 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.
      10. Dyke GJ, Wang X, Habib MB. Fossil plotopterid seabirds from the Eo-Oligocene of the Olympic Peninsula (Washington State, USA): descriptions and functional morphology. PLoS One. 2011; 6(10):e25672..
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      11. Witton MP, Habib MB. On the size and flight diversity of giant pterosaurs, the use of birds as pterosaur analogues and comments on pterosaur flightlessness. PLoS One. 2010; 5(11):e13982..
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      12. Habib M. The structural mechanics and evolution of aquaflying birds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2010; 99(4):687-698.
      13. Jones KE, Bielby J, Cardillo M … Habib M (15/24) … Purvis A. PanTHERIA: A species-level database of life-history, ecology, and geography of extant and recently extinct mammals (Data Paper). Ecology. 2009; 90(9):2648.
      14. Habib M, Ruff CB. The effects of locomotion on the structural characteristics of avian limb bones. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2008; 153:601-624.
      15. Habib M. Comparative evidence for quadrupedal launch in pterosaurs. Zitteliana. 2008; B28:161-168.
      16. Bininda-Emonds OR, Jones KE, Price SA, Grenyer R, Cardillo M, Habib M, Purvis A, Gittleman JL. Supertrees are a necessary not-so-evil: a comment on Gatesy et al. Syst Biol. 2003 Oct; 52(5):724-9..
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