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Display all details of Scans of Carolina Biological Supply Specimens This project contains scans of specimens purchased from Carolina Biological Supply. 3D Anatomy Studios 3D Anatomy Studios 20 2
Display all details of UF Photogrammetry scans at the Florida Museum of Natural History Photogrammetry scans of biological and cultural heritage collection objects by the Digital Imaging Division at the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH). Zach Randall 34 12
Display all details of Diverse vertebrate assemblage of the Kilmaluag Formation (Bathonian, Middle Jurassic) of Skye, Scotland — Panciroli et al (2020) The Kilmaluag Formation on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, provides one of the richest Mesozoic vertebrate fossil assemblages in the UK, and is among the richest globally for Middle Jurassic tetrapods. Since its discovery in 1971, this assemblage has predominantly yielded small- bodied tetrapods, including hybodontiforms, salamanders, choristoderes, lepidosaurs, turtles, crocodylomorph, pterosaurs, dinosaurs, non- mammalian cynodonts and mammals, alongside abundant fish and invertebrates. It is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and by Nature Conservancy Order (NCO). Unlike contemporaneous localities from England, this assemblage yields associated partial skeletons, providing unprecedented new data. We present a comprehensive updated overview of the Kilmaluag Formation, including its geology and the fossil collections made to date, with evidence of several species occurrences presented here for the first time. We place the vertebrate faunal assemblage in an international context through comparisons with relevant contemporaneous localities from the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States. This wealth of material reveals the Kilmaluag Formation as a vertebrate fossil assemblage of global significance, both in terms of understanding Middle Jurassic faunal composition and the completeness of specimens with future implications for the early evolutionary histories of mammals, squamates and amphibians. 147 20
Display all details of Supplementary online material of "Description of the type specimen of the extinct Tenerife giant rat (Canariomys bravoi)" Casanovas-Vilar, I. & Luján, À.H. (in press). Description of the type specimen of the extinct Tenerife giant rat (Canariomys bravoi). Journal of Mammalian Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10914-021-09594-1 Abstract: The holotype of the Tenerife (Canary Islands) giant rat, Canariomys bravoi, an almost complete cranium from the Late Pleistocene site of Cueva de las Palomas, is described for the first time. This species is characterized by its large size, robust skull with a short rostrum, dorsal inflation at the level of the infraorbital foramen, and moderately high-crowned upper molars which develop partial stephanodonty at advanced wear stages. Canariomys tamarani from Gran Canaria Island, the other species of this genus known so far, is slightly smaller, further differing by its higher crowned molars with cusps arranged in a lamellar pattern. However, their crania are remarkedly similar and present a distinctive anatomy of the zygomatic plate, which is very high on the rostrum, so that its dorsal border is nearly on level with the zygomatic process of the maxilla instead of considerably below it as usually seen in murines. This is also observed in other insular, often large-sized, murines but certainly evolved in parallel as an adaptation to herbivory. Molar morphology is congruent with recent analyses of ancient molecular data of C. bravoi which place it in the tribe Arvicanthini (mostly African murines), more concretely within the Arvicanthis niloticus species complex. Even though genetic data indicate that both species diverged in a very recent date, just 650,000 years ago, cranial and dental anatomy of C. bravoi are very derived. Conversely, C. tamarani presents a molar morphology reminiscent of that of A. niloticus albeit associated to a similarly highly derived cranial anatomy. Isaac Casanovas Vilar 1 1
Display all details of Bite force analysis of Sonitictis moralesi from Tunggur Formation, Inner Mongolia, China We name a rare, hypercarnivorous, and durophagous mustelid Sonitictis moralesi, new genus and species, in honor of Jorge Morales for his contributions to carnivore paleontology. S. moralesi is only found in the Tunggur Formation of Inner Mongolia, China, in the late middle Miocene Tunggurian Land Mammal age. S. moralesi has a short and robust jaw that deepens slightly behind the m1 and possesses a shallow groove at its ventral surface. Dentally, it has robust premolars and highly hypercarnivorous m1 that has lost the metaconid and a trenchant talonid. Knowledge of this new mustelid is still poor, known by three jaw fragments, and its relationship is uncertain. However, based on its possession of a ventral groove, robust premolars, and hypercarnivorous first molar, we tentatively place it in the subfamily Mellivorinae, which includes modern Mellivora capensis (honey badger) and extinct species of Eomellivora, plus others. We conducted mandibular force profile analyses on one S. moralesi specimen and compared bite force estimates to several specimens of E. piveteaui, E. wimani and M. capensis. The results suggest that Sonitictis likely was a more capable predator and decimator of vertebrate prey than the extant Mellivora, reaching the low end of the bite force estimates for the larger and more robust Eomellivora. Xiaoming Wang 8 5
Display all details of UMMZ-oVert Project Abstract - The oVert (openVertebrate) Thematic Collection Network (TCN) will generate and serve high-resolution digital three-dimensional (3D) data for internal anatomy across vertebrate diversity. Via a network of digitization centers across the US, more than 20,000 fluid-preserved specimens representing over 80% of the living genera of vertebrates will be CT-scanned. This will provide broad coverage for exploration and research on all major groups of vertebrates. Contrast-enhanced scans will be generated that reveal soft tissues and organs. 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. The resource will provide unprecedented global access to valuable specimens in US museum collections and 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. Museum specialists will be trained 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 K-12 STEM educators, 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. Please contact the appropriate collection manager regarding download requests: -Birds - Brett Benz (bwbenz@umich.edu) -Fishes - Randy Singer (randalas@umich.edu) -Mammals - Cody Thompson (cwthomp@umich.edu -Reptiles & Amphibians - Greg Schneider (ges@umich.edu) Technical questions should be directed to the UMMZ CT Lab Manager, Ramon Nagesan (rnagesan@umich.edu 1474 861
Display all details of Guilherme Hermanson. 2021. Turtle CT scans This project include CT-data of skulls of extant and extinct turtles. Hermanson, Guilherme 28 4
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. Blackburn, David 15568 10138
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 Bidenichthys okamotoi micro-CT micro-CT data of Bidenichthys okamotoi 2 1
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