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|Display all details of Mitchell et al. 2024 Scotty (Tyrannosaurus rex) CT Analysis
|Synchrotron μCT slice data and 3D models as part of a study of a Tyrannosaurus rex rib bone with angiogenic-like structures
|Jerit L. Mitchell
|Display all details of Field Museum of Natural History (Geological Collections) Fossil Vertebrate Collection
|This is the official Field Museum of Natural History MorphoSource project for the Fossil Vertebrate Collections. If you are uploading media about Field Museum specimens, please consider linking to our project so we can help you cross-check specimen data.
|Display all details of Elapid Snakes
|Researchers at The South Australian Museum, University of Adelaide and Flinders University are using X-ray micro-CT and regular X-ray to study skeletal morphology of Australian and SE Asian Elapid Snakes, including but not limited to the Hydrophiinae (true sea snakes). || This project is supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship to Kate L Sanders (FT130101965), The University of Adelaide Research Fellowship to Emma Sherratt, an ARC Discovery Project grant to Michael SY Lee and Alessandro Palci (DP160103005), and the South Australian Museum Herpetology Collection curated by Mark N Hutchinson. || Data published in: Sherratt, E., K. L. Sanders, A. Watson, M. N. Hutchinson, M. S. Y. Lee, and A. Palci. 2019. Heterochronic shifts mediate ecomorphological convergence in skull shape of microcephalic sea snakes. Integr. Comp. Biol. 59:616–624. | Sherratt, E., Sanders, K.L. 2020. Patterns of intracolumnar size variation inform the heterochronic mechanisms underlying extreme body shape divergence in microcephalic sea snakes. Evolution & Development, 22(3): 283–290. | Sherratt, E., Nash-Hahn, T., Nankivell, J., Rasmussen, A.R., Hampton, P., Sanders, K.L. 2022. Macroevolution in axial morphospace: innovations accompanying the transition to marine environments in elapid snakes. Royal Society Open Science, 9:221087.
|Display all details of oVert diceCT amphibians
|Amphibians imaged using diffusible iodine-based contrast-enhanced CT (diceCT) for the oVert project. All staining performed and data generated by Dr. Jaimi Gray.
|Display all details of Jurassic Giants
|The Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation (150-145 million years old) extends from northern Montana to Arizona and New Mexico, preserving some of the best windows into this time period anywhere on Earth. The models seen in this collection come from central Wyoming, Cañon City and Comanche National Grassland in southeastern Colorado.
|Display all details of CryptoVert
|CryptoVert is an NSF funded TCN PEN (DBI 2001443) that aims to scan cryptobenthic marine fishes from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for both skeletal and soft-tissue anatomy.
|Display all details of The oVert Thematic Collections Network
|The oVert (openVertebrate) Thematic Collection Network (TCN) will generate and serve high-resolution digital three-dimensional data for internal anatomy across vertebrate diversity. At a network of digitization centers across the US, we will CT-scan >20,000 fluid-preserved specimens representing >80% of the living genera of vertebrates. This will provide broad coverage for exploration and research on all major groups of vertebrates. We will also generate contrast-enhanced scans to reveal soft tissues and organs for a majority of the living vertebrate families. This collection of digital imagery and three-dimensional volumes will be open for exploration, download, and use to address questions related to the discovery of new species, documenting patterns of anatomical diversity and growth, and testing hypotheses of function and evolution. These new media will provide unprecedented global access to valuable specimens in US museum collections. Our network of leading US vertebrate collections will develop best practices and guidelines for high-throughput CT-scanning, including efficient workflows, preferred resolutions, and archival formats that optimize the variety of downstream applications. We will train museum specialists on the generation, curation, and distribution of 3D data, researchers in using 3D anatomical data, and high school and undergraduate students in the tools for creating 3D anatomical models. To drive the use of these digital specimens by K12 STEM educators, we will conduct teacher-driven workshops that generate freely available lesson plans focused on specific science standards that are based on digital and printed 3D models of specimens in US museum collections. Data generated by oVert will serve as a catalyst for diverse research projects focused on understanding the vertebrate morphological diversity and dramatically increase the accessibility of specimens housed in US scientific collections. These anatomical phenotypes represent a common currency that facilitates integration across the fields of taxonomy, evolution, developmental biology, comparative physiology, functional anatomy, paleontology, and ecology. We will use x-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning to generate high-resolution digital anatomical data, represented as both 2D image stacks and 3D volumes and surfaces, which can be distributed globally through the on-line data portal MorphoSource. With these 3D digital specimens, US and international research communities will be able to (1) diagnose, describe, and infer patterns of relationships among both living and extinct vertebrates, (2) test hypotheses of morphological evolution such as patterns of disparity, modularity, and phenotype-environment correlations, (3) develop structure-function models for testing hypotheses about morphological adaptations related to, e.g., feeding and locomotion, and (4) explore relationships between brain and nervous system anatomy and both sensory and musculoskeletal function. We will upgrade the interface and functionality of MorphoSource, an on-line data depository for 3D data of biological specimens, improving its capacity to explore media, capture standardized metadata, ingest legacy data from previous and existing projects, supply media information to data aggregators including iDigBio, and engage educators and students. We will support training workshops both on-site at participating institutions and national society meetings of scientists and educators.
|Display all details of oVert diceCT reptiles
|Reptiles imaged using diffusible iodine-based contrast-enhanced CT (diceCT) for the oVert project. All staining performed and data generated by Dr. Jaimi Gray.
|Display all details of Convergent Evolution and the Red Sea Rover: Emmelichthys marisrubri (Teleostei: Emmelichthyidae) Is a Species of Fusilier (Lutjanidae: Dipterygonotus)
|These scans are associated with the paper: Girard, MG. 2024. Convergent Evolution and the Red Sea Rover: Emmelichthys marisrubri (Teleostei: Emmelichthyidae) Is a Species of Fusilier (Lutjanidae: Dipterygonotus)," Ichthyology & Herpetology 112(1), 41-52.
|Display all details of Machimosaurid from Załęcze Wielkie (south-central Poland)
|This specimen MZ VIII Vr-72 was orginally described in 1972 by Maryańska, as pliosaurid Peloneustes. After reading notion of Ketchum and Benson (2011), that this partially uncovered rostrum may belong to teleosauroid, we decided to prepare the block of limestone. After additional preparation, the rostrum can be identified as belonging to the telosauroid indeed, and more precisely to Machimosaurinae, with likely close affiliation with genera Neosteneosaurus and Proexochokefalos. Most notably, the anteriormost part of the rostrum exhibits prominent lateral bend, which is interpreted by us as in-vivo condition, and not a result of diagenetic disfiguration of fossil.