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A project is a themed assortment of media and specimens. Projects can be used to share media ownership and access between project members, and projects can also be used to publish assortments of media and specimens for access and discovery by the public. Examples of projects could include the 3D data used in a single research paper or a collections digitization project. If you want to share media ownership and access with multiple users across multiple projects, consider creating a user team. Projects can be managed by teams, and users with access to that team also gain access to any projects managed by that team.

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Display all details of oUTCT PEN oUTCT is partnering with the oVert (openVertebrate) project to make nearly 9 terabytes of existing high-resolution X-ray computed tomographic (HRXCT) data publicly accessible, and train the next generation of students in best practices for these data. The University of Texas High-Resolution X-ray CT Facility (UTCT) was established in 1997 to make HRXCT – a direct descendant of medical CT – available to researchers in the natural sciences. Since then, scientists from around the world have brought their most important and precious natural history specimens to UTCT to image and measure their interior features nondestructively. This application of HRXCT technology has been tremendously successful, resulting in the proliferation of scanners at institutions across the country. But UTCT datasets, acquired in part via dozens of NSF grants and cited more than 18,000 times in academic publications, remain in high demand due to their broad scope, high data quality, and historical significance. This demand has been fueled in part by the public-facing Digital Library of Morphology (DigiMorph.org), an NSF-funded project online since 2002 and housed at UTCT, which serves HRXCT-derived animations for more than 1,000 biological and paleontological specimens. In the oUTCT project, UTCT and DigiMorph are partnering with oVert and iDigBio (both at the University of Florida) and the MorphoSource data repository (Duke University) to make this unparalleled collection of HRXCT datasets more readily discoverable and more easily repurposed. oUTCT will also provide training to the oVert community, which spans nearly 20 universities and academic institutions, to maximize the scientific impact of that project. Over the course of two years, oUTCT is uploading HRXCT data of nearly 1,500 fossil and extant vertebrate species scanned for 90 UTCT clients to MorphoSource, where they can be easily discovered and downloaded by everyone from scientists to artists to K-12 educators. This mobilization is being accomplished by undergraduate students employed at UTCT, who are learning the basics of HRXCT data acquisition and visualization as well as elementary bioinformatics associated with iDigBio, DigiMorph, and MorphoSource. In addition to this educational outreach, UTCT will host two short courses per year, cosponsored by oVert and iDigBio, to train students and scientists associated with oVert and MorphoSource in the fundamentals of HRXCT data acquisition, visualization, analysis, and long-term management. These activities will expand the impact of the original oVert project and maximize the return on NSF’s investment in it, UTCT, DigiMorph, iDigBio, and MorphoSource. 1274 1106
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Display all details of Glander Alouatta collection microCT scans of skulls from Dr. Glander's collection of Alouatta palliata from Costa Rica Evolutionary Anthropology Department Specimens 32 25
Display all details of OUMNH Life Collections Specimens from the Zoology and Entomology collections of Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Oxford University Museum of Natural History 851 41
Display all details of Teaching Human Evolution This project provisions scans of generic comparative elements of living species as well as iconic fossil specimens to illuminate patterns in human evolution. This project is designed to be used in conjunction with lesson plans available at Paleoteach.org (see link below) for k-12 educators. The digital models are made from physical replicas (rather than real specimens) in all fossil cases. The morphosource specimen numbers represent informal duke accession numbers for casts. The specimen number for the original fossils can be found in the description or notes sections. This may be important information when searching for additional contextual information for lesson plans. Educators interested in using these materials should also note that the scans are not 3D print ready, nor are they colored to indicate 'real' vs. 'reconstructed' regions of the fossils. Evolutionary Anthropology Department Specimens 73 43
Display all details of Chatar et al 2021 Morphometric analysis of primitive sabre‐toothed felids Associated publication: Chatar et al 2021 Morphometric analysis of the mandible of primitive sabre‐toothed felids from the late Miocene of Spain. Journal of Mammalian Evolution ABSTRACT How sabre-toothed felids have evolved their iconic morphology remains unclear because of the patchy fossil record of early machairodontines. Batallones localities in the Madrid region (Spain) have the potential to clarify this as two sites have yielded hundreds of fossils of the early machairodontines Promegantereon ogygia and Machairodus aphanistus. Previous analyses suggested that these two sites are not contemporaneous and a morphological drift between cavities was described for these two species; characterizing intraspecific variability is thus important to better understand the evolution of machairodontines. To tackle this issue, we modelled 62 felid mandibles in 3D using a laser scanner. We applied 3D geometric morphometrics (3D GM) and linear morphometrics on these models to test for differences in populations and to better characterize the morphology of early machairodontines. Both linear measurements and 3D data reveal an absence of morphological changes in mandible shape between between the two sites. Batallones machairodontines are closer to felines than to other, more derived machairodontines in mandibular morphology, suggesting the existence of rapid shift in the mandibular shape between primitive and derived members of the clade. Our analysis did not reveal any allometric relationship between the overall shape of the mandible when studied with 3D GM and body size. Finally, we reveal a previously overlooked diversity in felid mandibular condyles, with machairodontines having much larger and medially inclined condyles. Chatar, Narimane 54 53
Display all details of Digitizing the Florida Museum of Natural History's Herpetology collections Part of an ongoing project to maximize the impact and accessibility of the collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History. 1288 602
Display all details of NMNH (Smithsonian) Euarchonta specimens This project represents a growing archive of Euarchonta specimens from the Smithsonian Mammalogy collection. For the most part scans were made using microCT at Duke's Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility. Major grant support comes from NSF BCS 1552848. 8490 291
Display all details of A new and diverse Late Cretaceous vertebrate tracksite from the Winton Formation of Queensland, Australia The Upper Cretaceous ‘upper’ Winton Formation of Queensland, Australia is world famous for hosting Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry Conservation Park, a somewhat controversial tracksite that preserves thousands of tridactyl dinosaur tracks attributed to ornithopods and theropods. Herein, we describe the Snake Creek Tracksite, a new vertebrate ichnoassemblage from the ‘upper’ Winton Formation, originally situated on Karoola Station but now relocated to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History. This site preserves the first sauropod tracks reported from eastern Australia, a small number of theropod and ornithopod tracks, the first fossilised crocodyliform and ?turtle tracks reported from Australia, and possible lungfish and actinopterygian feeding traces. The sauropod trackways are wide-gauge, with manus tracks bearing an ungual impression on digit I, and anteriorly tapered pes tracks with straight or concave forward posterior margins. These tracks support the hypothesis that at least one sauropod taxon from the ‘upper’ Winton Formation retained a pollex claw (previously hypothesised for Diamantinasaurus matildae based on body fossils). Many of the crocodyliform trackways indicate underwater walking. The Snake Creek Tracksite reconciles the sauropod-, crocodyliform-, turtle-, and lungfish-dominated body fossil record of the ‘upper’ Winton Formation with its heretofore ornithopod- and theropod-dominated ichnofossil record. Ruairidh Duncan 4 4
Display all details of Normal and pathological covariation in the masticatory apparatus of anthropoid primates Mitchell, D. Rex 1310 709
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