Michael Bruce Habib, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor of Clinical Integrative Anatomical Sciences
Phone+1 323 442 2083
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    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MDPhD05/2011Functional Anatomy
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VAMS08/2004Biology
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VABA12/2001Biology
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    USC Keck School of Medicine2018Master Teacher
    USC Keck School of Medicine2018Year I Faculty Teaching Award
    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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    Dr. Michael Habib is an Assistant Professor in the Keck School of Medicine of USC, a Research Associate in the Dinosaur Institute at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, and a Research Associate in Vertebrate Paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 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. Michael runs ongoing field projects in New Mexico and Alberta focused on the discovery and excavation of Cretaceous vertebrate fossils. He has active research projects related to the mechanics of pterosaurs, birds, titanosaurs, and mosasaurs. He is also a freelance illustrator who works at the interface of science and art through exhibit design, paleoreconstruction, and creature design for television and film.

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    1. Habib MB. New perspectives on the origins of the unique vocal tract of birds. PLoS Biol. 2019 Mar; 17(3):e3000184. PMID: 30921320.
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    2. Hone DWE, Witton MP, Habib MB. Evidence for the Cretaceous shark Cretoxyrhina mantelli feeding on the pterosaur Pteranodon from the Niobrara Formation. PeerJ. 2018; 6:e6031. PMID: 30581660.
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    3. Liu D, Chiappe LM, Serrano F, Habib M, Zhang Y, Meng Q. Flight aerodynamics in enantiornithines: Information from a new Chinese Early Cretaceous bird. PLoS One. 2017; 12(10):e0184637. PMID: 29020077.
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    4. 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. PMID: 27441115.
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    5. 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 09; 277(9):1199-218. PMID: 27324923.
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    6. 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. PMID: 26312182.
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    7. Hone D, Van Rooijen MK, Habib MB.The wingtips of the pterosaurs: anatomy, aeronautical function and ecological implications. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 2015; (440):431–439.
    8. 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 Jul 15; 5:4382. PMID: 25025742.
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    9. 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. PMID: 24836361.
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    10. 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. PMID: 24482756.
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    11. 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.
    12. 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.
    13. 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.
    14. 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. PMID: 22065992.
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    15. 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 Nov 15; 5(11):e13982. PMID: 21085624.
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    16. Habib M.The structural mechanics and evolution of aquaflying birds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2010; 99(4):687-698.
    17. 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.
    18. 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.
    19. Habib M.Comparative evidence for quadrupedal launch in pterosaurs. Zitteliana. 2008; B28:161-168.
    20. 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. PMID: 14530139.
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