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Display all details of Echimyidae Endocast. This project archives endocranial morphology data from echimyid rodents to analyze their variations in shape and size in relation to different ecological variables. Ariel Fernández Villoldo_2 28 28
Display all details of Humerus pneumaticity 64 63
Display all details of CT data for The origin of blinking in both mudskippers and tetrapods is linked to life on land The project contains three CT scans that were described in the paper entitled, "The origin of blinking in both mudskippers and tetrapods is linked to life on land," by Aiello et al, which was published in PNAS 2023. Scans are of the heads of two mudskipper species (Periophthalmus barbarus and Periophthalmodon septemradiatus) and the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). All specimens were soft-tissue contrast stained with phosphomolybdic acid, as described in the methods section of the paper Thomas A. Stewart 3 3
Display all details of Mazon Creek fossils 322 228
Display all details of 3D models related to the publication: Anatomical correlates and nomenclature of the chiropteran endocranial cast 3D surface models of the endocranial casts used in the scientific article entitled "Anatomical correlates and nomenclature of the chiropteran endocranial cast" and published in 2023 in The Anatomical Record. The provided surfaces are derived from crania pertaining to the UMMZ (University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology, Ann Arbor, USA) and to the AMNH (American Museum of National History, New York USA), scanned by Shi et al. (2018), and hosted on Morphosource. Jacob Maugoust 14 14
Display all details of CT data related to the publication 'Evidence for high-performance suction feeding in the Pennsylvanian stem-group holocephalan Iniopera' This project includes the CT data underlying descriptions of Iniopera KUVP 158289 and KUVP 22060 2 2
Display all details of Dental topography of the Oligocene anthropoids Aegyptopithecus zeuxis and Apidium phiomense: Paleodietary insights from analysis of wear series Citation info. Dietary inference for fossil primates is enhanced when ascertained through multiple, distinct proxies. Dental topography is capable of measuring change in occlusal morphology with macrowear, providing insight on tooth use and function across the lifespans of individuals. We measured convex Dirichlet normal energy (vexDNE) —a dental topography metric reflecting occlusal sharpness of features such as cusps and crests—in macrowear series of the second mandibular molars of two African anthropoid taxa from ~30 Ma (Aegyptopithecus zeuxis and Apidium phiomense). Wear was quantified via three proxies: occlusal dentine exposure, inverse relief index, and inverse occlusal relief. The same measurements were calculated on macrowear series of four extant platyrrhine taxa (Alouatta, Ateles, Plecturocebus, and Sapajus apella) to provide an analogical framework for dietary inference in the fossil taxa. We predicted that Ae. zeuxis and Ap. phiomense would show similar patterns in vexDNE change with wear to one another and to extant platyrrhine frugivores like Ateles and Plecturocebus. The fossil taxa have similar distributions of vexDNE to one another, and high proportions of concave DNE ‘noise’ relative to vexDNE in unworn molars—a pattern shared with extant hominids that may distort dietary interpretations. Inverse relief index was the most useful wear proxy for comparison among the taxa in this study which possess disparate enamel thicknesses. Contrary to expectations, Ae. zeuxis and Ap. phiomense both resemble S. apella in exhibiting an initial decline in vexDNE followed by an increase at the latest stages of wear as measured by inverse relief index, lending support to previous suggestions that hard-object feeding played a role in their dietary ecology. Based on these results and previous analyses of molar shearing quotients, microwear, and enamel microstructure, we suggest that Ae. zeuxis had a pitheciine-like strategy of seed predation, whereas Ap. phiomense potentially consumed berry-like compound fruits with hard seeds. Morse, Paul E. 22 22
Display all details of Preserving and Increasing Access to the Hamann-Todd Non-Human Primate Collection The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will rehouse and digitize the Hamann-Todd Non-Human Primate Skeletal Collection (NHPC), one of the world’s largest collections of great apes. The project will process bones holding dried soft tissue to make them available for scientific study; 3D-scan specimens of a representative sample of the collection and provide research and education access online; and purchase new storage compactors and archival quality storage boxes to upgrade and extend collection preservation. The result will be a well-preserved NHPC that will be readily accessible for scientific research, education, and public engagement locally, nationally, and internationally. CLEV Biological Anthropology Hamann-Todd Non-Human Primate Collection Bailey, Christine 49 24
Display all details of New lizard material from two Early Miocene localities in France: Montaigu-le-Blin (MN 2) and Crémat (MN 3). Geobios Squamate faunas from the MN 1–3 intervals (earliest Miocene) are scarcely documented from the European continent. I here describe squamate faunas from two French localities – Montaigu-le-Blin (MN 2) and Crémat (MN 3), the latter being the youngest locality of the Phosphorites du Quercy. The palaeobiodiversity of squamates from these sites is low relative to the faunas described from coeval localities of Amöneburg (MN 2) in Germany and Merkur-North (MN 3) in the Czech Republic. The beginning of the Miocene represents the temporary return to a paratropical humid climate after the relatively cool and dry Oligocene, and the Montaigu and Crémat materials provide previously undocumented components of herpetofaunas and their changes during this crucial interval in France. The importance of fossil squamates from the area of the Phosphorites du Quercy is therefore highlighted for the beginning of the Miocene as well as the better known Eocene-Oligocene sites. The lizard material of Montaigu includes lacertids and blanids. The latter is represented by Blanus cf. gracilis, one of the oldest records of the genus. Moreover, it shows a higher spatial and temporal distribution of this amphisbaenian species during the Early Miocene than previously known. The material from Crémat consists of few elements which can be allocated to anguids and potentially to lacertids. Detailed figures of the specimens are provided through the means of both photography and micro-CT scanning. Andrej Čerňanský 11 11
Display all details of Anguimorph lizards from the early Eocene (MP 10–11) of Cos, Phosphorites du Quercy, France and the early evolution of Glyptosaurini in Europe Squamate faunas from the early Eocene of Europe are rare. A newly discovered, early Eocene (MP 10–11 interval), locality in Cos, southwestern France has yielded an assemblage anguimorph lizards (Anguidae and Varanidae) that shed light on the early evolution of these lizards. Among them is a new glyptosaurine lizard, based on frontal material having a unique pattern and distribution of polygonal osteoderms that is distinct from that of the late Eocene taxon Placosaurus from France, and the stratigraphically older glyptosaurine Gaultia silvaticus from the earliest Eocene North America. Although fossils of some members of the Glyptosaurini have been documented from the middle and late Eocene of Europe, they are virtually unknown from the early Eocene. One isolated osteoderm is referred only to Anguidae indet. This specimen resembles osteoderms present in members of the clade Anguinae, provided that the absence of tuberclulate ornamentation is not caused by abrasion or corrosion. Varanoids are represented by an isolated frontal referred to Palaeovaranus cf. P. lismonimenos based on the ornamentation of the dorsal surface. If this identification is correct then the Cos record of this palaeovaranid represents the oldest occurrence of this species. A maxilla is identified as an indeterminate varanoid based on having plicidentine infolding along the bases of the preserved teeth. Although incomplete, this Cos herpetofauna is an important and rare discovery that provides a glimpse into the ecosystems and paleobiodiversity of the early Eocene in western Europe. 11 11
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