Home page of Phil Senter                       

psenter@uncfsu.edu        Office phone: 910-672-1304


    BIOL 110: General Biology 1
    BIOL 660: Evolution
    ZOOL 210: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1                                                               
    ZOOL 230: Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
    ZOOL 350: Comparative Anatomy

Research interests:

    Dinosaur forelimb function
    Phylogenetics of theropod dinosaurs
    Reconstruction of Mesozoic animal behavior using anatomical clues and phylogenetic bracketing

Paleontological publications (available upon request as hard copy or pdf):

        Senter, P. 2009. Pedal function in deinonychosaurs (Dinosauria: Theropoda): a comparative study. Bulletin of Gunma Museum of Natural History 13:1-14.
Senter, P. 2008. Voices of the past: a review of Palaeozoic and Mesozoic animal sounds. Historical Biology 20:255-287.

Senter, P. 2007. A new look at the phylogeny of Coelurosauria (Dinosauria: Theropoda).
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 5:429-463.
Senter, P. 2007. Analysis of forelimb function in basal ceratopsians (Dinosauria: Ornithischia). Journal of Zoology 273:305-314.
Senter, P. 2007. A method for distinguishing dromaeosaurid manual unguals from pedal “sickle claws.”
Bulletin of Gunma Museum of Natural History 11:1-6.
Bonnan, M. F. and P. Senter. 2007. Were the basal sauropodomorph dinosaurs Plateosaurus and Massospondylus habitual quadrupeds? Special Papers in Palaeontology 77:139-155.
Senter, P. 2007. Necks for sex: sexual selection as an explanation for sauropod dinosaur neck elongation. Journal of Zoology 271:45-53.
Senter, P. 2006. Comparison of forelimb function between Deinonychus and Bambiraptor (Theropoda: Dromaeosauridae).
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26:897-906.
Senter, P. and J. M. Parrish. 2006. Forelimb function in the theropod dinosaur Carnotaurus sastrei, and its behavioral implications. PaleoBios 26(3):7-17.
Senter, P. 2006. Forelimb function in Ornitholestes hermanni Osborn (Dinosauria, Theropoda). Palaeontology 49:1029-1034.
Senter, P. 2006. Scapular orientation in theropods and basal birds, and the origin of flapping flight. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 51:305-313.
Senter, P. and J. M. Parrish. 2005. Functional analysis of the hands of the theropod dinosaur Chirostenotes pergracilis: evidence for an unusual paleoecological role. PaleoBios 25(2):9-19.
Senter, P. and J. H. Robins. 2005. Range of motion in the forelimb of the theropod dinosaur Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, and implications for predatory behaviour. Journal of Zoology 266:307-318.
Senter, P. 2005. Function in the stunted forelimbs of Mononykus olecranus (Theropoda), a dinosaurian anteater. Paleobiology 31:373-381.
Senter, P. 2005. Phylogenetic taxonomy and the names of the major archosaurian (Reptilia) clades. PaleoBios 25(2):1-7.
Senter, P. 2004. Phylogeny of Drepanosauridae (Reptilia, Diapsida).  Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 2:257-268.
Senter, P., R. Barsbold, B. Britt, and D. Burnham. 2004. Systematics and evolution of Dromaeosauridae (Dinosauria: Theropoda). Bulletin of Gunma Museum of Natural History 8:1-20.
Senter, P. and J. H. Robins. 2003. Taxonomic status of the specimens of Archaeopteryx. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23:961-965
Senter, P. 2003. New information on cranial and dental features of the Triassic archosauriform reptile Euparkeria capensis. Palaeontology 46:613-621.
Senter, P. 2002. Lack of a pheromonal sense in phytosaurs and other archosaurs, and its implications for reproductive communication. Paleobiology 28:544-550.

Herpetological publications (available upon request as hard copy or pdf):

        Senter, P. 2008. Homology between and antiquity of stereotyped communicatory behaviors of crocodilians. Journal of Herpetology 42:354-360.
Senter, P. 2001. Afronatrix anoscopus. Brown Water Snake. Defensive behaviour. African Herp News 32:19-19.
Senter, P. 2001. Colloquial names for and common misconceptions about snakes in Liberia. African Herp. News 32:2-7.
Senter, P. 2001. Psammophis phillipsii (Olive Grass Snake). Reproduction. Herpetological Review 32:51.
Senter, P. 2001. Philothamnus irregularis (Northern Green Snake). Reproduction. Herpetological Review 32:51.
Senter, P. 2001. Aparallactus niger (NCN). Variation. Herpetological Review 32:45.
Senter, P. 2000. Hapsidophrys smaragdinus (Emerald Snake), Philothamnus irregularis (NCN), Philothamnus heterodermus  (NCN), Dsaypeltis sp. (Egg-eating Snake), Afronatrix anoscopus (Brown Water Snake), Grayia smythii (Smyth’s Water Snake), Natriciteres variegates (NCN), Boaedon lineatus (House Snake), and Aparallactus niger (Centipede-eater). Caudal prehension. Herpetological Review. 31:246-247.
Senter, P. 2000. Afronatrix anoscopus (Brown Water Snake). Variation. Herpetological Review 31:177.
Senter, P. 2000. Hapsidophrys smaragdinus (Emerald Snake). Eggs. Herpetological Review. 31:179.
Senter, P. 2000. Philothamnus heterodermus (NCN). Defense. Herpetological Review 31:179.
Senter, P. 2000. Python sebae (African Rock Python). Caudal displays. Herpetological Review 31:179.
Senter, P. 1999. The visibility hypothesis: an explanation for the correlation between habitat and defensive display in snakes. Herpetological Review 30:213.
Senter, P. 1999. A comparison of defensive behavior in the African colubrid snakes Hapsidophrys smaragdinus and Philothamnus irregularis. Herpetological Review 30:142.
Senter, P. 1998. A bite from the rear-fanged colubrid Psammophis phillipsii. Herpetological Review 29:216-217.


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