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Display all details of A new leptoceratopsid dinosaur from Maastrichtian-aged deposits of the Sustut Basin, northern British Columbia, Canada A partial dinosaur skeleton from the Sustut Basin of northern British Columbia, Canada, previously described as an indeterminate neornithischian, is here reinterpreted as a leptoceratopsid ceratopsian, Ferrisaurus sustutensis, gen. et. sp. nov. The skeleton includes parts of the pectoral girdles, left forelimb, left hindlimb, and right pes. It can be distinguished from other named leptoceratopsids based on the proportions of the ulna and pedal phalanges. This is the first unique dinosaur species reported from British Columbia, and can be placed within a reasonably resolved phylogenetic context, with Ferrisaurus recovered as more closely related to Leptoceratops than Montanoceratops. At 68.2 to 67.2 Ma in age, Ferrisaurus falls between, and slightly overlaps with, both Montanoceratops and Leptoceratops, and represents a western range extension for Laramidian leptoceratopsids. 20 1
Display all details of A new lizard-like reptile (Diapsida, Lepidosauromorpha) from the Upper Triassic (Carnian) of Virginia and the Triassic record of lepidosauromorphs We report a new taxon of lepidosauromorph reptiles, Vinitasaura lizae, based on a nearly complete dentary and a fragment of a second dentary from the Upper Triassic (upper Carnian) Vinita Formation in east-central Virginia. It offers new insights into into the morphological diversification and spatiotemporal distribution of lepidosauromorphs during the Triassic. It presents a mixture of plesiomorphic lepidosaurian features in addition to ones otherwise present exclusively in crown-group squamates, revealing the antiquity of the latter features within Lepidosauromorpha. The lepidosauromorph assemblage from the Vinita Formation also includes at least two other taxa and reveals connections to other assemblages in Europe and North America, indicating homogeneity of such assemblages across these regions during the Middle and Late Triassic. It currently provides the best record of the lepidosauromorph diversification in equatorial Pangaea, highlighting the potential importance of similar assemblages from western North America for addressing questions concerning the origin and early diversification of lepidosaurs during the Triassic. 2 1
Display all details of OUMNH Cultural Heritage Objects from the Archives, Library, Art and Architecture of Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Oxford University Museum of Natural History 0 0
Display all details of evALLution: making basic evolution concepts accessible to people with visual impairment through a multisensory tree of life Background People with visual impairment have benefitted from recent developments of assistive technology that aim to decrease socio-economic inequality. However, access to post-secondary education is still poor, especially for scientific areas. The under representation of people with visual impairment in the evolution research community is connected with the vision-based communication of evolutionary biology knowledge and the accompanying lack of multisensory alternatives for learning. Results Here, we describe the development of an inclusive outreach activity based on a multisensory phylogeny representing 20 taxonomic groups. We provide a tool kit of materials and ideas that allow both the replication of this activity and the adaptation of others to include people with visual impairment. Furthermore, we provide activity evaluation data, a discussion of the lessons learned and an inclusive description of all figures and visual data here presented. The presented baseline data show that people with visual impairment indeed have lack of access to education but are apt to understand evolutionary biology concepts and predict evolutionary change when education is inclusive. Conclusions We show that, with creative investment, basic evolutionary knowledge is perfectly possible to be transmitted through multisensory activities, which everyone can benefit from. Ultimately, we hope this case study will provide a baseline for future initiatives and a more inclusive outreach community. Ronco, Fabrizia 10 5
Display all details of Homo sapiens temporal bones and external and middle ear cavities CT scans of the temporal bones and 3D models of the ear cavities of 10 adult individuals of Homo sapiens of unknown sex, 9 individuals from the 20th Century mass grave in Cementerio San José (Burgos, Spain) and 1 individual from the Medieval cemetery of Sepúlveda (Segovia, Spain). This project contains some of the data for the paper: Conde-Valverde, M., Martínez, I., Quam, R.M. et al. Neanderthals and Homo sapiens had similar auditory and speech capacities. Nat Ecol Evol (2021). (see link below) 20 10
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Display all details of Lizards of a different stripe: phylogenetics of the Pedioplanis undata species complex (Squamata, Lacertidae), with the description of two new species The lacertid genus Pedioplanis is a moderately speciose group of small-bodied, cryptically-colored lizards found in arid habitats throughout southern Africa. Previous phylogenetic work on Pedioplanis has determined its placement within the broader context of the Lacertidae, but interspecific relations within the genus remain unsettled, particularly within the P. undata species complex, a group largely endemic to Namibia. We greatly expanded taxon sampling for members of the P. undata complex and other Pedioplanis, and generated molecular sequence data from 1,937 bp of mtDNA (ND2 and cyt b) and 2,015 bp of nDNA (KIF24, PRLR, RAG-1) which were combined with sequences from GenBank resulting in a final dataset of 454 individuals. Both maximum likelihood and Bayesian analyses recover similar phylogenetic results and reveal the polyphyly of P. undata and P. inornata as presently construed. We confirm that P. husabensis is sister to the group comprising the P. undata complex plus the Angolan sister species P. huntleyi + P. haackei and demonstrate that P. benguellensis lies outside of this clade in its entirety. The complex itself comprises six species including P. undata, P. inornata, P. rubens, P. gaerdesi and two previously undescribed entities. Based on divergence date estimates, the P. undata species complex began diversifying in the late Miocene (5.3 ± 1.6 MYA) with the most recent cladogenetic events dating to the Pliocene (2.6 ± 1.0 MYA), making this assemblage relatively young compared to the genus Pedioplanis as a whole, whose origins date back to the mid-Miocene (13.5 ± 1.8 MYA). Using an integrative approach, we here describe Pedioplanis branchi sp. nov. and Pedioplanis mayeri sp. nov. representing northern populations previously assigned to P. inornata and P. undata, respectively. These entities were first flagged as possible new species by Berger-Dell’mour and Mayer over thirty years ago but were never formally described. The new species are supported chiefly by differences in coloration and by unique amino acid substitutions. We provide comprehensive maps depicting historical records based on museum specimens plus new records from this study for all members of the P. undata complex and P. husabensis. We suggest that climatic oscillations of the Upper Miocene and Pliocene-Pleistocene era in concert with the formation of biogeographic barriers have led to population isolation, gene flow restrictions and ultimately cladogenesis in the P. undata complex. Kirchhof, Sebastian 28 28
Display all details of Lynx pardinus from the Late Pleistocene site of Ingarano (southern Italy) Specimen MGPT-PU 135415 cranium of a Late Pleistocene Lynx pardinus from Ingarano (southern Italy). Dawid A. Iurino 2 2
Display all details of Noyo Blue Whale #1817597 This project will create an online, open-access 3D digital model of a full blue whale skeleton from the collection at Noyo Center for Marine Science in California. Blue whales are an important endangered species in Polar waters, but specimens are extremely rare, making them difficult to research, see, and study. Skeletal anatomy is a fundamental dataset for archeology and a host of biosciences, with direct application to evolutionary models, developmental biology, comparative anatomy and physiology, paleontology, and ecology. Digital collections of skeletal data serve many different disciplines that rely on reference collections to identify animal remains, such as anthropology and forensic science. This research will take advantage of a unique opportunity to create a digital record of the complete anatomy of a blue whale, which is currently being processed for mounting at the museum. The 3D model of the blue whale created in this project will be freely available to the public for the first time, allowing for researchers and the public to easily access and interact with the specimen that would have otherwise required a special in-person trip to the museum housing this collection. In order to complete the 3D model, technicians from the Idaho Museum of Natural History will travel to the Noyo Center to scan the blue whale skeleton over two weeks, followed by processing of 3D at the Idaho Virtualization Lab. The 3D model will be made available on open-access websites, including MorphoSource. Digital model files will be created back at the IVL at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. The IVL provides internships to 10-12 Idaho State University undergraduate and graduate students each year, where they receive hands-on training in 3D model construction, from start to finish. Post-processing for models will be facilitated by these students, with oversight from the project's lead technician. Funding provided by NSF -OPP Office of Polar Programs, and ASSP-Arctic Social Science # 1817597 Idaho Virtualization Lab 131 1
Display all details of Pteraichnus tracks A new Pteraichnus tracksite was discovered in Wuerho, Xinjiang. 1 1
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