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Display all details of Digging adaptations in psammophiid snakes The Beaked Snakes (Rhamphiophis), are large, diurnal snakes with reinforced snouts adapted for digging. The Skaapstekers (Psammophylax) are generalist, terrestrial snakes. Both genera belong to the primarily African lamprophiid subfamily, Psammophiinae. The Striped Beaked Snake (Psammophylax acutus) was originally considered a member of the genus Rhamphiophis. However, molecular evidence suggests that P. acutus is more closely related to Psammophylax. If this phylogenetic placement is correct, the “beak” of P. acutus must have evolved independently of that seen in the “true” beaked snakes. Using micro-CT scanning, we undertook a detailed study of the cranial morphology of P. acutus in addition to representative species of both Psammophylax and Rhamphiophis for comparison. We found that, despite its striking adaptations to fossorial life, R. acutus still retains cranial features that reveal its true origin amongst the Skaapstekers, its evolutionary history can be told not only by its genes, but by its morphology as well. Tunnell-Wilson, Walter 15 8
Display all details of Adaptations in mammalian limb shape 3D data underpinning my PhD research and related work. Richards, H. L., Wells, R. T., Evans, A. R., Fitzgerald, E. M. & Adams, J. W. 2019. The extraordinary osteology and functional morphology of the limbs in Palorchestidae, a family of strange extinct marsupial giants. PLoS ONE, 14, e0221824. Richards, H. L., Bishop, P. J., Hocking, D. P., Adams, J. W. & Evans, A. R. 2021. Low elbow mobility indicates unique forelimb posture and function in a giant extinct marsupial. Journal of Anatomy, 238, 1425-1441. Richards, Hazel 70 36
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 4948 59
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Display all details of Siwalik Fossils from Ramnagar (Jammu & Kashmir), India Vertebrate fossils have been known from Lower Siwalik Miocene deposits surrounding the town of Ramnagar (in the state of Jammu & Kashmir) in northwest India since Barnum Brown’s American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) expedition in 1922. Paleontological fieldwork by a number of individuals and institutions has continued sporadically in the Ramnagar region ever since, and in that time, a large number of vertebrate fossils have been recovered. Much of the fossil collection is physically housed in a number of institutions in India, the United States, and elsewhere, thereby making it difficult to study these fossils in person. The goal of this collaborative project is to establish a 3D digital repository to virtually consolidate Lower Siwalik fossils (both described and undescribed) from the Ramnagar region so that they can be made accessible to the larger scientific community. This MorphoSource project is funded in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Biren A. Patel 190 165
Display all details of Skeletal Variation Among Mammal Forelimbs and Hindlimbs Harper, Christine 14 7
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 15776 9911
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Display all details of Kampouridis et al. 2022. Re-appraisal of <i>Parelasmotherium schasiense</i> 2 1
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