Lab. Dead Body Science, The University Museum 
■Disciplines : Animal Science

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Research Interests

Astonishing morphological variation can be witnessed in vertebrates. How did this morphological diversity evolve? Why does each species have its unique form? What is the functional significance of form? To tackle these central issues in biology, we conduct our research from the stand point of comparative anatomy and evolutionary biology. Not only employing classic methods of comparative anatomy, but also three dimensional shape analysis, biomechanical analysis, statistical analysis and oversea field programs are employed at our lab. Furthermore, with the aim of the re-establishment of "natural history" in Japan, we are actively collecting dead bodies of various animals.


Koyabu, D.B. and Endo, H. (2010). Craniodental mechanics and diet in Asian colobines: morphological evidence of mature seed predation and sclerocarpy. Am. J. Phys, Anthropol. 142:137-148.

Endo, H., Koyabu, D., Kimura, J., Rakotondraparany, F., Matsui, A., Yonezawa, T., Shinohara, A. and Hasegawa, M. (2010). A Quill Vibrating Mechanism for a Sounding Apparatus in the Streaked Tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus). Zool. Sci. 27: 427-432.

Endo, H., Taru, H., Hayashida, A., Kimura, J., Itou, T., Koie, H. amd Sakai, T. (2009). Absence of the guttural pouch in a newborn Indian rhinoceros demonstrated by three-dimensional image observations. Mammal Study 34: 7-11.

Endo, H., Koyabu, D., Hayashida, A., Oishi, M., Kawada, S. and Komiya, T. (2009). The brachial plexus adapted to the semi-elongated neck in the okapi. Mammal Study 34: 209-212.

Endo, H., Komiya, T., Kawada, S., Hayashida, A., Kimura, J., Itou, T., Koie, H. and Sakai, T. (2009). Three-dimensional reconstruction of the xenarthrous process of the thoracic and lumber vertebrae in the giant anteater. Mammal Study 34: 1-6.

Endo, H., Kobayashi, H., Koyabu, D., Hayashida, A., Jogahara, T., Taru, H., Oishi, M., Itou, T., Koie, H. and Sakai, T. (2009). The morphological basis of the armor-like folded skin of the greater Indian rhinoceros as a thermoregulator. Mammal Study 34: 195-200.

Oishi, M., Ogihara, N., Endo, H., Ichihara, M. and Asari M. (2009) Dimensions of forelimb muscles in orangutans and chimpanzees. J. Anat. 215: 373-382.

Koyabu, D.B., Oshida, T., Dang, N.X., Can, D.N., Kimura, J., Sasaki, M., Motokawa, M., Son, N.T., Hayashida, A. & Shintaku, Y, and Endo, H. (2009). Craniodental mechanics and the feeding ecology of two sympatric callosciurine squirrels in Vietnam. J. Zool. 279: 372-380
Koyabu, D. B. and Endo, H. (2009) Craniofacial variation and dietary adaptations in African colobines. J Hum Evol 56: 525-536.

Endo, H., Hattori, S., Hayashi, Y., and Tuchiya, K. (2008). Morphological comparison between three species of Ryukyu spiny rats. Mammal Study 33: 1-10