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Display all details of Boyer Euarchontan Calcanea This project holds the data analyzed in the PLoS ONE article link found below. The study analyzed the relationship between calcaneal elongation, body size and leaping ability in living and fossil primates. 682 206
Display all details of Giant otter Siamogale melilutra Wang, X., C. Grohé, D.F. Su, S.C. White, X. Ji, J. Kelley, N.G. Jablonski, T. Deng, Y. You, and X. Yang. 2017. A new otter of giant size, Siamogale melilutra sp. nov. (Lutrinae: Mustelidae: Carnivora), from the latest Miocene Shuitangba site in north-eastern Yunnan, south-western China, and a total-evidence phylogeny of lutrines. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 15:1-27. Abstract. Otters (subfamily Lutrinae) are semi-aquatic predators in the family Mustelidae. Modern otters have a worldwide distribution but their fossil record is poor, often consisting of fragmentary jaws and teeth. Multiple lineages have developed bunodont dentitions with enlargements of molars, usually for cracking molluscs or other hard foods. Some lineages have evolved badger-like teeth and, as a result, were often confused with melines (Old World badger clade). Siamogale thailandica Ginsburg, Invagat, & Tassy, 1983 from the middle Miocene basin of Mae Moh in northern Thailand is one such species, whose fragmentary dental remains have thus far impeded our understanding. A new species of fossil otter, Siamogale melilutra sp. nov., represented by a nearly complete cranium, mandible and partial skeletons of at least three individuals, was recovered from the latest Miocene (»6.2 Ma) lignite beds of the Shuitangba Site in north-eastern Yunnan Province, south-western China. Computed tomography (CT) restoration of the crushed skull reveals a combination of otter-like and badger-like cranial and dental characteristics. The new species belongs to the Lutrinae because of its possession of a large infraorbital canal and ventral expansion of the mastoid process, among other traits. A distally expanded M1, however, gives a badger-like appearance. In overall morphology the Shuitangba otter is closest to Siamogale thailandica. A previously described jaw (‘Lutra’ aonychoides) from the early Pliocene of the Yushe Basin in north China is also here referred to S. melilutra. No previous attempt has been made to provide a global phylogenetic framework for otters. We present the first combined morphological and molecular (nuclear and mitochondrial DNAs) character matrices of five extant (Pteronura, Lontra, Enhydra, Aonyx, Lutra) and eight extinct genera (Tyrrhenolutra, Paralutra, Paludolutra, Enhydritherium, Siamogale, Vishnuonyx, Sivaonyx, Enhydriodon) to better understand the evolution of bunodont otters. Parsimony and Bayesian analyses consistently recover an eastern Asian clade that includes forms from Shuitangba, Yushe and Mae Moh, all of which are referred to Siamogale. 0 0
Display all details of UArk MICRO Example CT Scans This collection includes example microCT data generated at the MicroCT Imaging Consortium for Research and Outreach (MICRO) at the University of Arkansas. 0 0
Display all details of Comparative studies of the bird ear Collection of microCT scans of bird heads focusing on the caudal head and ear region. CL.I.M.E Lab 123 123
Display all details of MoMi Jeantet, N., Ledevin R., Gala M., Lenoble A., Santos F., Laroulandie V. Investigating past and present carpometacarpus morphology in Mimidae: a multi-methods approach to evidence from the Guadeloupe Islands. 41 41
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.... Dunn, Rachel 47 7
Display all details of TEMPO Mammals Micro-CT scans and surfaces of extant mammals 3504 316
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 (, 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. 1877 1544
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Display all details of Postcrania of Borealestes (Mammaliformes: Docodonta) and the emergence of ecomorphological diversity in early mammals Files associated with the publication: Panciroli et al. (2021) Postcrania of Borealestes (Mammaliformes: Docodonta) and the emergence of ecomorphological diversity in early mammals. Abstract: The Middle Jurassic witnessed the early diversification of mammal groups, including the stem-mammalian clade, Docodonta. Recent discoveries in China indicate docodontans exhibited ecomorphological diversity akin to small-bodied mammals living >100 million years later, in the Cenozoic. Our understanding of the emergence of this ecological diversity is hindered by a lack of Middle Jurassic fossil material from other parts of the world. The two partial postcranial skeletons of Borealestes described here come from the Kilmaluag Formation, Scotland. These are the most complete Mesozoic mammaliaform skeletons currently known from the UK, and among the best preserved in Europe. As an early member of Docodonta, Borealestes provides key anatomical information for understanding the clade’s evolution, and the emergence of mammaliaform ecomorphological diversity. Using digital reconstructions from micro-CT and synchrotron scans, we describe the postcranial anatomy of Borealestes and provide an updated phylogenetic analysis incorporating cranial and postcranial characters. We find Borealestes species form a sister group to a clade comprising Agilodocodon and Microdocodon. To complement observational analyses of the skeleton, we carry out principle components analyses using 3D landmarks on a comparative dataset of 42 extant mammal taxa. Our results indicate Borealestes lacked specialisations for derived locomotor behaviour. We detect some similarity in the humerus between Borealestes and Ornithorhynchus. Borealestes is morphologically intermediate between the robust morphology of fossorial and semi-fossorial/semi-aquatic Haldanodon and Docofossor, and the gracile morphology for scansorial Agilodocodon and Microdocodon. We suggest ecological diversity in Docodonta may arise from an unspecialised basal bauplan, of which Borealestes may be representative. Panciroli, Elsa (fossil collection, segmentation, major aspects of research) 110 2
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