Royal Veterinary College John Hutchinson
Royal Veterinary College John Hutchinson
Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology
Professor Hutchinson is a Professor of Evolutionary Biomechanics. John’s research straddles the fields of evolutionary biology and biomechanics, with an emphasis on how very large animals stand and move and how locomotion evolved in different groups of land vertebrates. He has mentored 15 postdoctoral scholars, 7 research technicians, 9 PhD students (plus 19 more as co-supervisor/committtee member), 6 masters students and over 100 undergraduate student research projects since 2004.
Professor Hutchinson is an American biologist who found a new home in the UK as a dual citizen. He gained a BS degree in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin in 1993, then received a PhD in Integrative Biology at the University of California with Kevin Padian in 2001 (view my academic lineage here!), and rounded out his training with a two-year National Science Foundation bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Biomechanical Engineering Division of Stanford University with Scott Delp.
John started at the Royal Veterinary College as a Lecturer in Evolutionary Biomechanics in 2003 in the Department of Veterinary Basic Sciences (now Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences), in 2008 became a Reader, and in 2011 became a full Professor.
Prof. Hutchinson is an Associate Editor for Proceedings of the Royal Society B and the modern open access journal PeerJ. He is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the Zoological Society of London, the Anatomical Society (UK), the Higher Education Academy (UK) and the Royal Society of Biology. From 2012-2013 he had a sabbatical as a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow at the RVC. He is Chair of the Division of Vertebrate Morphology in the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. As an OpenSim Fellow he promotes the usage and improvement of computer simulations in biomechanics, and he was New Fellow of the Year of the Anatomical Society in 2015. Prof. Hutchinson has also held Honorary Professorships at the University of Queensland (Australia) and at University College London.
John’s team is part of the Structure & Motion Laboratory.
Prof. Hutchinson has worked on extant and extinct animals ranging from birds and crocodiles to elephants and many other mammals as well as extinct dinosaurs and early tetrapods. John uses a combination of theoretical and experimental techniques, from motion analysis or XROMM and force platforms to simple 2D static mechanics or complex 3D fully dynamic computer simulations.
Along with his collaborators, he has secured over £7 million in research funding since 2004; including grants from the BBSRC, NERC, Royal Society, Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Society, ERC and multiple EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowships. His team’s major current ERC-funded project through 2021 “Dawn of the Dinosaurs” has a website here.
Examples of Prof. Hutchinson’s current and past research projects are here:
9. Biomechanics and pathology of mammalian feet (BBSRC grant w/Renate Weller and colleagues)
10. Towards the chicken of the future– a blog about our research on the biomechanics of broiler chicken locomotion and breathing (BBSRC grant w/Jonathan Codd, Monica Daley and colleagues)
A list of selected publications can also be found below:
Peer-Reviewed Journals (69):
69. Cuff, A.R., Randau, M., Head, J, Hutchinson, J.R., Pierce, S.E., Goswami, A. 2015. Big cat, small cat: Reconstructing body size evolution in living and extinct Felidae. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28:1516-1525 doi: 10.1111/jeb.12671
68. Hutchinson, J.R., Rankin, J.W., Rubenson, J., Rosenbluth, K.H., Siston, R.A., Delp, S.L. 2015. Musculoskeletal modelling of an ostrich (Struthio camelus) pelvic limb: Influence of limb orientation on muscular capacity during locomotion. PeerJ 3:e1001 https://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1001
67. Chadwick, K.P., Regnault, S., Allen, V., Hutchinson, J.R. 2014. Three-dimensional anatomy of the ostrich (Struthio camelus) knee joint. PeerJ 2:e706 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.706
66. Lamas, L., Main, R.P., Hutchinson, J.R. 2014. Ontogenetic scaling patterns and functional anatomy of the pelvic limb musculature in emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae). PeerJ 2:e716 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.716
65. Regnault, S., Pitsillides, A.A., Hutchinson, J.R. 2014. Structure, ontogeny and evolution of the patellar tendon in emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) and other palaeognath birds. PeerJ 2:e711 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.711
64. Dudley, R.J., Wood, S.P., Hutchinson, J.R., Weller, R. 2014. Radiographic protocol and normal anatomy of the hind feet in the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, online. doi: 10.1111/vru.12215
63. Allen, V., Molnar, J., Pollard, A., Nolan, G., Hutchinson, J.R. 2014. Comparative architectural properties of limb muscles in Crocodylidae and Alligatoridae and their relevance to divergent use of asymmetrical gaits in extant Crocodylia. Journal of Anatomy 225: 569-582. [Cover image] doi: 10.1111/joa.12245
62. Warner, S.E., Henry, V., Roskilly, K., Hildebrandt, T., Panagiotopoulou, O., Hutchinson, J.R. 2014. Regional variation in digital cushion pressure in the forefeet of horses and elephants. PeerJ PrePrints 2:e231v1 http://dx.doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.231v1 (in review)
61. Tickle, P.G., Paxton, H., Rankin, J.W., Hutchinson, J.R., Codd, J.R. 2014.Anatomical and biomechanical traits of broiler chickens across ontogeny. Part I. Anatomy of the musculoskeletal respiratory apparatus and changes in organ size. PeerJ 2:e432 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.432
60. Paxton, H., Tickle, P.G., Rankin, J.W., Codd, J.R., Hutchinson, J.R. 2014. Anatomical and biomechanical traits of broiler chickens across ontogeny. Part II. Body segment inertial properties and muscle architecture of the pelvic limb. PeerJ 2:e473 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.473
59. Molnar, J., Pierce, S.E., Hutchinson, J.R. 2014. An experimental and morphometric test of the relationship between vertebral morphology and joint stiffness in Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus). Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 757-768. doi: 10.1242/jeb.089904
58. Regnault, S., Hermes R., Hildebrandt, T., Hutchinson. J.R., Weller, R. 2013. Osteopathology in the feet of rhinoceroses: Lesion type and distribution. Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine 44: 918-927. http://dx.doi.org/10.1638/2012-0277R1.1 2014 best paper winner (Linda Munson Pathology Manuscript Award) [pdf]
57. Qian, Z., Ren, L., Ding, Y., Hutchinson J.R., Ren, L. 2013. A dynamic finite element analysis of human foot complex in the sagittal plane during level walking. PLoS ONE 8(11): e79424. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079424
56. Paxton, H., Daley, M.A., Corr, S.A., Hutchinson, J.R. 2013. The gait dynamics of the modern broiler chicken: A cautionary tale of selective breeding. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 3237-3248. 10.1242/jeb.080309
55. Pittman, M., Gatesy, S.M., Upchurch, P., Goswami, A., Hutchinson, J.R. 2013. Shake a tail feather: the evolution of the theropod tail into a stiff aerodynamic surface. PLOS ONE 8(5): e63115. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063115.
54. Pierce, S.E., Hutchinson, J.R., Clack, J.A. 2013. Historical perspectives on the evolution of tetrapodomorph movement. Integrative and Comparative Biology 53: 209-223. doi: 10.1093/icb/ict022. Free access available at: http://icb.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/ict022?ijkey=F2ekjzMTxcsQEFG&keytype=ref
53. Allen, V.A., Bates, K.T., Li, Z., Hutchinson, J.R. 2013. Linking the evolution of body shape and locomotor biomechanics in bird-line archosaurs. Nature 497:104–107. doi:10.1038/nature12059 (explanatory blog post here http://whatsinjohnsfreezer.com/2013/04/24/3d_dinosaurs/ and webpage here http://www.rvc.ac.uk/SML/Projects/Evolution3DDinos.cfm). Open database provided at: Dryad Digital Repository- doi:10.5061/dryad.hh74n
52. Schachner, E.R., Hutchinson, J.R., Farmer, C.G. 2013. Pulmonary anatomy in the Nile crocodile and the evolution of unidirectional airflow in Archosauria. PeerJ 1:e60 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.60. Open database provided at: Dryad Digital Repository. doi:10.5061/dryad.h702r
51. Warner, S.E., Pickering, P., Panagiotopoulou, P., Pfau, T., Ren, L., Hutchinson, J.R. 2013. Size-related changes in foot impact mechanics in hoofed mammals. PLOS ONE 8(1): e54784. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054784.
50. Pierce, S.E., Ahlberg, P.E., Hutchinson, J.R., Molnar, J.L., Sanchez, S., Tafforeau, P., Clack, J.A. 2013. Vertebral architecture in the earliest stem tetrapods. Nature 494:226-229. doi:10.1038/nature11825 (explanatory blog post here: http://whatsinjohnsfreezer.com/2013/01/10/tetrapodvertebrae/) Open database provided at: Dryad Digital Repository- http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.0003s
49. Pierce, S.E., Clack, J.A., Hutchinson, J.R. 2012. Three-dimensional limb joint mobility in the early tetrapod Ichthyostega. Nature 486:523-526. doi: 10.1038/nature11124 (see explanatory webpage at: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/SML/Projects/TetrapodLimbMotion.cfm)
48. Doube, M., Yen, S.C.W., Klosowski, M.M., Farke A.A., Hutchinson, J.R., Shefelbine, S.J. 2012. Whole-bone scaling of the avian pelvic limb. Journal of Anatomy 221:21-29. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2012.01514.x
47. Zhang, K.Y., Wiktorowicz-Conroy, A., Hutchinson, J.R., Doube, M., Klosowski, M., Shefelbine, S.J., Bull, A.M.J. 2012. 3D morphometric and posture study of felid scapulae using statistical shape modelling. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34619. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034619
46. Fujiwara, S. and Hutchinson, J.R. 2012. Elbow joint adductor moment arm as an indicator of forelimb posture in extinct quadrupedal tetrapods. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 269:2561-2570. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.0190
45. Panagiotopoulou, O., Pataky, T.C., Hill, Z., Hutchinson, J.R. 2012. Statistical parametric mapping of the regional distribution and ontogenetic scaling of foot pressures during walking in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). Journal of Experimental Biology 215:1584-1593. doi: 10.1242/jeb.065862
44. Molnar, J.L., Pierce, S.E., Clack, J.A., Hutchinson, J.R. 2012. Idealized landmark-based geometric reconstructions of poorly preserved fossil material: A case study of a tetrapod vertebra. Palaeontologia Electronica 15.1.2T. doi: 10.1006/cviu.1997.0607 (see explanatory webpage at: http://www.palaeo-electronica.org/blog/?p=654)
43. Hutchinson, J.R., Delmer, C., Miller, C.E., Hildebrandt, T., Pitsillides, A.A., Boyde, A.J. 2011. From flat foot to fat foot: The structure, ontogeny, function and evolution of elephant “sixth toes.” Science 344:1699-1703. doi: 10.1126/science.1211437 (see explanatory webpage at: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/SML/Projects/Doelephantshavesixfingers.cfm)
42. Hutchinson, J.R., Bates, K.T., Molnar, J., Allen, V., Makovicky, P.J. 2011. A computational analysis of limb and body dimensions in Tyrannosaurus rex with implications for locomotion, ontogeny, and growth. PLoS One 6(10): e26037. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0026037 (see explanatory webpage at: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/SML/Projects/3DTrexGrowth.cfm) Important paper correction here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi/10.1371/journal.pone.0097055
41. Hutchinson, J.R. 2011. On the inference of function from structure using biomechanical modelling and simulation of extinct organisms. Biology Letters rsbl20110399. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0399
40. Pierce, S.E., Clack, J.A., Hutchinson, J.R. 2011. Comparative axial morphology in pinnipeds and its correlation with aquatic locomotion behaviour. Journal of Anatomy 219:502-514. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2011.01406.x.
39. Fujiwara, S., Endo, H., Hutchinson, J.R. 2011. Topsy-turvy locomotion: biomechanical specializations of the elbow in suspended quadrupeds reflect inverted gravitational constraints. Journal of Anatomy 219:176-191. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2011.01379.x
38. Doube, M., Klosowski, M.M., Wiktorowicz-Conroy, A.M., Hutchinson, J.R., Shefelbine, S.J. 2011. Trabecular bone scales allometrically in mammals and birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278:3067-3073. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0069
37. Pfau, T., Hinton, E., Whitehead, C., Wiktorowicz-Conroy, A.M., Hutchinson, J.R. 2011. Temporal gait parameters in the alpaca and the evolution of pacing and trotting locomotion in the Camelidae. Journal of Zoology 283:193–202. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2010.00763.x
36. Souter, T., Cornette, R., Pedraza, J., Hutchinson, J., Baylac, M. 2010. Two applications of 3D semi-landmark morphometrics implying different template designs: the theropod pelvis and the shrew skull. Comptes Rendus Palevol 9:411-422. doi:10.1016/j.crpv.2010.09.002
35. Doube, M., Klosowski, M.M., Arganda-Carreras, I., Cordelières, F.P., Dougherty, R.P., Jackson, J.S., Schmid, B., Hutchinson, J.R., Shefelbine, S.J. 2010. BoneJ: free and extensible bone image analysis in ImageJ. Bone 47:1076-1079. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2010.08.023
34. Brusatte, S.L., Norell, M.A., Carr, T.D., Erickson, G.M., Hutchinson, J.R., Bever, G.S., Balanoff, A.M., Xu, X., Makovicky, P.J., Choiniere, J.N. 2010. Tyrannosaur paleobiology: new research on an ancient model organism. Science 329:1481-1485. doi: 10.1126/science.1193304
33. More, H.L., Hutchinson, J.R., Collins, D.F., Weber, D.J., Aung, S.K.H., Donelan, J.M. 2010. Scaling of sensorimotor control in terrestrial mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277:3563-3568. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0898 Note correction here: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1793/20141911?cpetoc
32. Paxton, H.P., Anthony, N.B., Corr, S.A., Hutchinson, J.R. 2010. The effects of selective breeding on the architectural properties of the pelvic limb in broiler chickens: a comparative study across modern and ancestral populations. Journal of Anatomy 217:153-166. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2010.01251.x
31. Ren, L., Miller, C., Lair, R., Hutchinson, J.R. 2010. Integration of biomechanical compliance, leverage, and power in elephant limbs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107:7078-7082. (see explanatory webpage at: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/SML/Research/Stories/Elephants2010.cfm) doi: 10.1073/pnas.0911396107
30. Allen, V., Ellsey, R., Jones, N., Wright, J., Hutchinson, J.R. 2010. Functional specialisation and ontogenetic scaling of limb anatomy in Alligator mississippiensis. Journal of Anatomy 216:423-445. [cover image] doi : 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2009.01202.x Note Erratum in J Anat 219:542-547.
29. Pontzer, H., Allen, V., Hutchinson, J.R. 2009. Biomechanics of running indicates endothermy in bipedal dinosaurs. PLoS ONE 4(11): e7783. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007783
28. Allen, V., Paxton, H., Hutchinson, J.R. 2009. Variation in center of mass estimates for extant sauropsids, and its importance for reconstructing inertial properties of extinct archosaurs. Anatomical Record 292:1442–1461. doi: 10.1002/ar.20973
27. Gatesy, S.M, Baeker, M., Hutchinson, J.R. 2009. Constraint-based exclusion of limb poses for reconstructing theropod dinosaur locomotion. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29:535-544. doi: 10.1671/039.029.0213
26. Doube, M., Wiktorowicz-Conroy, A.M., Christiansen, P., Hutchinson, J.R., Shefelbine, S. 2009. Three-dimensional geometric analysis of felid limb bone allometry. PLoS ONE 4(3):e4742. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004742
25. Zhao, G-r., Ren, L., Ren, L-q., Hutchinson, J.R., Tian, L-m., Dai, J.S. 2009. Segmental kinematic coupling of the human spinal column during locomotion. Journal of Bionic Engineering 5:328–334. doi:10.1016/S1672-6529(08)60177-8
24. Hutchinson, J.R. and V. Allen. 2009. The evolutionary continuum of limb function from early theropods to birds. Naturwissenschaften 96:423-448. doi: 10.1007/s00114-008-0488-3
23. Ren, L., Butler, M., Miller, C., Schwerda, D., Fischer, M., Hutchinson, J.R. 2008. The movements of limb segments and joints during locomotion in African and Asian elephants. Journal of Experimental Biology 211:2735-2751. doi: 10.1242/jeb.01882 Note Error in J Exp Biol 211:3057.
22. Zioupos, P., Cook, R.B., Hutchinson, J.R. 2008. Some basic relationships between density values in cortical and cancellous bone. Journal of Biomechanics 41:1961-1968. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2008.03.025
21. Miller, C.M., Basu, C., Fritsch, G., Hildebrandt, T., Hutchinson, J.R. 2008. Ontogenetic scaling of foot musculoskeletal anatomy in elephants. Journal of the Royal Society- Interface 5:465-476. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2007.1220
20. Ren, L. and Hutchinson, J.R. 2008. The three-dimensional locomotor dynamics of African (Loxodonta africana) and Asian (Elephas maximus) elephants reveal a smooth gait transition at moderate speed. Journal of the Royal Society- Interface 5:195–211. doi: 10.1098/?rsif.2007.1095
19. Hutchinson, J.R., Ng-Thow-Hing, V., Anderson, F.C. 2007. A 3D interactive method for estimating body segmental parameters in animals: application to the turning and running performance of Tyrannosaurus rex. Journal of Theoretical Biology 246:660-680. doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2007.01.023
18. Weissengruber, G.E., Egger, G.F., Hutchinson, J.R., Groenewald, H.B., Elsässer, L., Famini, D., Forstenpointner, G. 2006. The structure of the cushions in the feet of African Elephants (Loxodonta africana). Journal of Anatomy 209:781-792. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2006.00648.x
17. Hutchinson, J.R., Schwerda, D., Famini, D., Dale, R.H.I., Fischer, M., Kram, R. 2006. The locomotor kinematics of African and Asian elephants: changes with speed and size. Journal of Experimental Biology 209:3812-3827. doi:10.1242/jeb.02443
16. Hutchinson, J.R. 2006. The evolution of archosaur locomotion. Comptes Rendus Palevol 5:519-530. doi:10.1016/j.crpv.2005.09.002
15. Carrano M.T., Hutchinson, J.R., Sampson, S.D. 2005. New information on Segisaurus halli, a small theropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of Arizona. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25:835-849. doi: 10.1671/0272-4634(2005)025[0835:NIOSHA]2.0.CO;2
14. Hutchinson, J.R., Anderson, F.C., Blemker, S., Delp, S.L. 2005. Analysis of hindlimb muscle moment arms in Tyrannosaurus rex using a three-dimensional musculoskeletal computer model. Paleobiology 31:676-701. doi: 10.1666/04044.1
13. Payne, R.C., Hutchinson, J.R., Robilliard, J.J., Smith, N.C., Wilson, A.M. 2005. Functional specialisation of pelvic limb anatomy in horses (Equus caballus). Journal of Anatomy 206:557-574. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2005.00420.x
12. Hutchinson, J.R. 2004a. Biomechanical modeling and sensitivity analysis of bipedal running ability. I. Extant taxa. Journal of Morphology 262:421-440. doi: 10.1002/jmor.10241
11. Hutchinson, J.R. 2004b. Biomechanical modeling and sensitivity analysis of bipedal running ability. II. Extinct taxa. Journal of Morphology 262:441-461. [cover image] doi: 10.1002/jmor.10240
10. Hutchinson, J.R., Famini, D., Lair, R., Kram, R. 2003. Biomechanics: Are fast-moving elephants really running? Nature 422:493-494. (see explanatory webpage at: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/AboutUs/Staff/jhutchinson/ResearchInterests/Elephants/Index.cfm) doi:10.1038/422493a
9. Hutchinson, J.R. 2002. The evolution of hindlimb tendons and muscles on the line to crown-group birds. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 133:1051-1086.
8. Carrano, M.T. and Hutchinson, J.R. 2002. The pelvic and hind limb musculature of Tyrannosaurus rex (Dinosauria: Theropoda). Journal of Morphology 253:207-228. doi: 10.1002/jmor.10018 (one of the most cited recent studies in J. Morph.—see http://goo.gl/lgAnn)
7. Hutchinson, J.R. and M. Garcia. 2002. Tyrannosaurus was not a fast runner. Nature 415:1018-1021. doi:10.1038/4151018a (see explanatory webpage at: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/AboutUs/Staff/jhutchinson/ResearchInterests/Trex/index.cfm) Note Erratum in Nature 417:349.
6. Hutchinson, J.R. 2001a. The evolution of pelvic osteology and soft tissues on the line to extant birds (Neornithes). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 131:123-168. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2001.tb01313.x
5. Hutchinson, J.R. 2001b. The evolution of femoral osteology and soft tissues on the line to extant birds (Neornithes). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 131:169-197. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2001.tb01314.x
4. Farlow, J.O., Gatesy, S.M., Holtz, T.R., Jr., Hutchinson, J.R., Robinson, J.M. 2000. Theropod locomotion. American Zoologist 40:640-663. doi: 10.1093/icb/40.4.640
3. Hutchinson, J.R. and Gatesy, S.M. 2000. Adductors, abductors, and the evolution of archosaur locomotion. Paleobiology 26:734-751. doi: 10.1666/0094-8373(2000)026<0734:AAATEO>2.0.CO;2
2. Padian, K., Hutchinson, J.R., Holtz, T.R., Jr. 1999. Phylogenetic definitions and nomenclature of the major taxonomic categories of the carnivorous Dinosauria (Theropoda). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 19:69-80.
1. Hutchinson, J.R. and Chiappe, L.M. 1998. The first known alvarezsaurid (Theropoda: Aves) from North America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18:447-450.
Book Entries (11):
11. Dilkes, D.W., Hutchinson, J.R., Holliday, C.M., Witmer, L.M. 2012. Reconstructing the musculature of dinosaurs. The Complete Dinosaur, 2nd Edition, pp. 150-190. Indiana University Press.
10. Hutchinson, J.R., Miller, C.E., Fritsch, G., Hildebrandt, T. 2009. The anatomical foundation for multidisciplinary studies of animal limb function: examples from dinosaur and elephant limb imaging studies. In: Frey R., Endo, H. (eds.), Anatomical Imaging: Towards a New Morphology. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 23-38.
9. Hutchinson, J.R. 2004. Dinosaur locomotion. Encyclopaedia of Life Sciences. Macmillan, London.
8. Hutchinson, J.R. and Gatesy, S.M. 2001. Bipedalism. Enyclopaedia of Life Sciences. Macmillan, London.
7. Hutchinson, J.R. and Padian, K.. 1997. Arctometatarsalia. pp. 24-27 in P.J. Currie and K. Padian (eds.). Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Academic Press, New York.
6. Padian, K and Hutchinson, J.R. 1997. Bullatosauria. p. 86 in P.J. Currie and K. Padian (eds.). Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Academic Press, New York.
5. Hutchinson, J.R. and Padian, K. 1997. Carnosauria. pp. 94-97 in P.J. Currie and K. Padian (eds.). Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Academic Press, New York.
4. Hutchinson, J.R. and Padian, K. 1997. Coelurosauria. pp. 129-133 in P.J. Currie and K. Padian (eds.). Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Academic Press, New York.
3. Hutchinson, J.R. and Padian, K. 1997. Tetanurae. pp. 727-728 in P.J. Currie and K. Padian (eds.). Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Academic Press, New York.
2. Padian, K and Hutchinson, J.R. 1997. Allosauroidea. pp. 6-9 in P.J. Currie and K. Padian (eds.). Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Academic Press, New York.
1. Rowe, T., Tykoski, R., Hutchinson, J.R. 1997. Ceratosauria. pp. 106-110 in P.J. Currie and K. Padian (eds.). Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Academic Press, New York.
Reports and Book Reviews (10):
10. Hutchinson, J.R. Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Dynasty of the plastic fish. Nature 513:37-38. doi: 10.1038/nature13743
9. Spence, A.J. and Hutchinson, J.R. 2012. Editorial– A growing size synthesis. Current Biology 22:R309-R314. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.03.017
8. Hutchinson, J.R., Bates, K.T., Allen, V. 2011. Commentary– T. rex redux: Tyrannosaurus tail portrayals. Anatomical Record 294:756-758. doi: 10.1002/ar.21356
7. Hutchinson, J.R. The significance of the Transjurane highway dinosaur tracksites for studies of dinosaur locomotor behaviour. Rapport d’Expertise, Paléontologie et Transjurane No 23 (11pp.), République et Canton du Jura, Porrentruy, Switzerland. (official advisory report to Swiss government)
6. Zioupos, P., Cook, R.B., Hutchinson, J.R. 2009. Response: More thoughts on the relationship between apparent and material densities in bone. Journal of Biomechanics 42:794-795. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2009.01.014
5. Hutchinson, J.R. 2009. Response: Of ideas, dichotomies, methods, and data – how much do elephant kinematics differ from those of other large animals? Journal of Experimental Biology 212:153-154. doi: 10.1242/?jeb.025098
4. Hutchinson, J.R. and Gatesy, S.M. 2006. Dinosaur locomotion: Beyond the bones. Nature 440: 292-294. (see explanatory webpage at: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/AboutUs/Staff/jhutchinson/ResearchInterests/beyond/index.cfm)
3. Hutchinson, J.R. 2005. The Dinosauria, 2nd Ed. Journal of Paleontology 79:1235-1238.
2. Hutchinson, J.R. 2002. Mesozoic Vertebrate Life. Palaeontologia Electronica 5(1) (3 pp.) [http://collection.nlc-bnc.ca/100/201/300/palaeontologia/02-08-30/toc.htm]
1. Hutchinson, J.R. 2003. Biomechanics: early birds surmount steep slopes. Nature 426:777-778
Prof. Hutchinson teaches in the BSc/Gateway 1st year course’s “Inheritance, Genetics and Evolution” module and the 3rd year BSc course’s “Comparative Animal Locomotion” module as well as intermittent teaching elsewhere. His team regularly supervises undergraduate and MSc/MRes student research projects. Potential project students are encouraged to contact him to explore options.
Prof. Hutchinson is passionate about science communication as a vital part of what scientists do for science, for society and for fun.
John regularly participates in science communication events worldwide, both in person and via the internet. His research has been featured in over 500 online/print news stories since 2002, and his team’s work has appeared in 14 major TV documentaries including the BAFTA award-winning original “Inside Nature’s Giants” programme, the 2015 hit “T. rex Autopsy” and the 2016 smash “Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur”. He was the 2012 winner of the British Science Festival’s Charles Darwin Award. John also actively communicates science via social networking such as his personal Twitter account.
John runs a science-related personal blog, too: What’s In John’s Freezer? And his team has an anatomy blog/social media accounts for general audiences “Anatomy to You”: http://anatomytoyou.com/, Twitter @AnatomyToYou (started in 2016).
He also co-wrote a blog post on “Self-promotion: shamelessly selfish or shamefully misunderstood?” Another of his posts, on the recent revival and general popularity of anatomical research, gained wide popularity. Science writer Ed Yong’s posts on his team’s dissection of a komodo dragon and study of the waddling gaits of penguins are excellent representations of their research.
Prof. Hutchinson was a consultant on Theropod Biomechanics at the American Museum of Natural History’s “Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries” exhibit, still touring other museums since 2004.
He is also the Chief Paleontology Advisor for the wonderfully interactive “Be the Dinosaur” exhibit, also touring museums in the USA; since 2005: Be the Dinosaur.
New research by Professor John R. Hutchinson and colleagues on Tyrannosaurus rex shows it was bigger and faster-growing than previously thought, and had some of the largest leg muscles of any land animal known.
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New research solves a long standing mystery about elephant speeds by clocking the animals at 15 miles per hour. That’s faster than reliable observations of 10 mph top speeds but slower than speculations of 25 mph. But do fast-moving elephants really “run”?
Research funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, by researchers at the RVC and Cambridge, and published in the journal Nature, has revealed how the early four-legged vertebrate (tetrapod) called Ichthyostega, moved on land.
Specialising in locomotion and hunting behaviour of wild animals in southern Africa, our researchers know more about the lifestyle of many wild cats than the humble domestic moggy. They decided to find out more about how Britain’s cats spend their days…
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SML have discovered that elephant limbs function quite unlike those of other animals.
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In films, dinosaur locomotion is a result of clever software and the artistic interpretation of special effects departments. Now scientists are using improved software tools that have a firm grounding in physical principles, rather than artistic intuition, to test their own hypotheses on how dinosaurs walked the Earth.
Professor John Hutchinson and colleagues have published a new paper in Science magazine showing how elephants have evolved a remarkably bizarre false sixth “toe” in their four feet.
An RVC-based team of researchers including Vivian Allen and John Hutchinson have revealed how the enlargement of the forelimbs changed the balance system of dinosaurs, causing them to adopt more crouched leg postures as in modern birds; published in Nature. RVC’s story here and blog here.
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King of the Cretaceous, Tyrannosaurus rex stood on two powerful hind limbs and terrorized potential prey with its elephantine size and lethal jaws. The dinosaur was big and bad. But was it fast?