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Media are grouped by projects created by users. Projects tend to contain media tied together by a theme. A project might represent the dataset for a single peer-reviewed paper, the results of a collections digitization project, or data for a digital lesson plan.

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. 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 Primate Leaping and Bone Functional Adaptation The primary objective of this research is to investigate strength and rigidity of hindlimb skeletal elements - specifically the calcaneus and navicular - in primates that are specialized for saltatory locomotion. This is done by evaluating each element's cortical bone morphology and quantifying its cross-sectional geometric properties and bone volume fraction. As part of this Morphosource project, we aim to provide open access to specimens and media that includes original raw image data derived from microCT scanning technology for each bone, the mid-diaphyseal image (or slice) from which we quantified each bone's cross-sectional geometric properties, and a 3D surface of each bone. This Morphosource project was made possible in part by generous funding from the James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund of the University of Southern California and the National Science Foundation BCS 1944571. Patel, Biren 77 52
Display all details of Adapiform Skulls and Skeletons This project includes various adapiform specimens that are being analyzed by both Bloch and Boyer labs and is funded by NSF BCS 1440742 4946 57
Display all details of Evers & Joyce. 2021. CT scans of cranial remains of Chelydropsis murchisoni These scans are made available here in advance of a morphological description of the specimens, which is in preparation by S. Evers and W. Joyce. 2 2
Display all details of Turtle full body CT scans. These CT scans of turtles contain full body specimens, and were scanned by Roger Benson. The data were prepared and uploaded by Serjoscha Evers. 11 11
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. 1308 610
Display all details of Ford et al. "A reassessment of the enigmatic diapsid Paliguana whitei and the early history of Lepidosauromorpha" 2 1
Display all details of UMMZ-oVert Project This is a collection of specimens scanned at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) for the oVert (openVertebrate) Thematic Collections Network funded by the US National Science Foundation. 1418 839
Display all details of OsteoID 3D scans of human and faunal skeletal elements associated with the OsteoID Bone Identification web tool at As part of the OsteoID project, we are making 3D scans of bones from various common U.S. species freely available, so that individuals may use the 3D scans to assist them in skeletal species identifications and/or 3D print their own comparative skeletal collections. All scanned elements are from the Des Moines University skeletal collections. Any human remains scanned are anatomical teaching specimens. Development of the OsteoID web tool and collection of the 3D scans was supported by Award No. 2018-DU-BD-0229, awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice. A special thanks to Nathan Kuttickat for his time and effort in collecting many of these scans. Project PIs: Heather Garvin, PhD, D-ABFA, Des Moines University; Rachel Dunn, PhD, Des Moines University; Sabrina Sholts, PhD, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Citations: To come.... Garvin, Heather 3 3
Display all details of Womack NSF PRFB Frog Skeletons Please bear with us as we upload tiff stacks slowly due to COVID-19 limiting our access to sufficient internet. If you are interested in particular tiff stacks or meshes from this study, please contact and we will prioritize getting them uploaded and to you as fast as we possibly can. Molly C. Womack 56 33
Display all details of oMega This is a Partner to Existing Networks (PEN) award to the Idaho Museum of Natural History to partner with the Open Vertebrate (oVert) Thematic Collections Network (TCN). The oVert TCN is creating high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) data for internal anatomy across the diversity of vertebrate animals. Using computed tomography (CT) scanners at institutional collections across the US, more than 20,000 fluid-preserved specimens will be scanned and made available online for open public use. This PEN complements the oVert TCN program by including vertebrate animals too large to be preserved in fluid or scanned by conventional CT scanners. The oMEGA PEN will use portable surface scanners to provide high-resolution scans of skeletons of large vertebrate animals curated at Harvard, Berkeley, and California Academy of Sciences. The addition of large vertebrates, including whales and elephants, provides an important segment of the animal world to open access collections for researchers and educators. The process of creating this 3D resource will provide training for undergraduate students, and on-site workshops for collections staff. Skeletal models will support TCN activities in creating K-12 STEM lesson plans and 3D-printable resources for the classroom. The digitized skeletons acquired in this PEN will help fill a major gap in the original TCN and support its research theme on the evolution of vertebrate morphological diversity. By virtue of their large size, vertebrates exceeding 250 kg define upper boundaries of size-dependent anatomical form and function, and therefore push the limits on development and physiology. These skeletal data will provide new opportunities to evaluate gigantism and the tendency of animal lineages toward ever-larger body size. Combined with the other oVert 3D specimens, the TCN's digital collection distributed through MorphoSource and iDigBio will inspire new research questions and provide the raw materials to test hypotheses in a broad range of biosciences. "This project is a continuation of the Virtual Zooarchaeology of the Arctic Projects (VZAP, NSF-ARC#0808933, ARC#1023321). Specimens originally digitized by the Idaho Museum of Natural History as a part of VZAP are made available within the oMega collection. Funding was provided by the NSF, Office of Polar Programs (OPP), and Arctic Social Sciences" This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria. Idaho Virtualization Lab 7520 174
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