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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.

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Display all details of Scheyer & Evers. 2022. Proganochelys quenstedtii from Frick, partial cranium CT scans and models 12 1
Display all details of LACM Mammals - Canid Skulls This is part of a research project for Lindsay Waldrop and Nicholas Hebdon at Chapman University, investigating the influence of cranial morphology on the olfactory capabilities in C. familiaris. To explore the bounds of the morphospace I will be using geometric morphometrics on the 3D models created of the requested specimens to define the most prominent morphological features of the system. These parameters will then be used to develop a theoretical morphotypes that will be integrated into Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations to investigate how air and smells move, retain, and entrench in the olfactory turbinates. Shannen Robson 12 11
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. 2207 1714
Display all details of Shark Spiral Intestines Looking to nature for inspiration has lead to many diverse technological advances. The spiral valve intestine of sharks has provided the opportunity to observe the efficiency of different valve systems. It is supposed that the spiral intestine present in sharks, skates, and rays slows the transit rate of digesta through the gut and provides increased surface area for the absorption of nutrients. In this investigation, we use a novel technique - creating 3D reconstructions from CT scans of spiral intestines - to describe the morphology of the spiral intestine of at least one species from twenty two different shark families. We discuss the morphological data in an evolutionary, dietary, and morphological context. We quantified the flow rate of material of various viscosities through the spiral intestine, demonstrating that it does slow the rate of digesta transit. Furthermore, as apex predators, many sharks play a role in the biodiversity of lower trophic levels that humans depend for dietary and economic resources. However, very little is known about the nutritional physiology of sharks and how it contributes to their overall physiology and ecology. These data are available to generate additional 3D morphometrics, create computational models of the intestine, as well as to further explore the function of the gastrointestinal tract of sharks in structural and physiological contexts. Leigh, Samantha; Summers, Adam; Hoffman, Sarah; German, Donovan 13 13
Display all details of A new genus and species of frog from the Kem Kem (Morocco), the second neobatrachian from Cretaceous Africa Supplemental Data 1 Alfred Lemierre 19 9
Display all details of erratic vertebrae of Mesozoic marine reptiles from northern Germany - Schade et al. 2022 Schade, Marco 7 5
Display all details of The Book of Fortresses Project The Book of Fortresses is a digital art and architectural history project that seeks to better understand a collection of perspective drawings and plans of castles and castle-towns on Portugal's border with Spain that were drawn by a Portuguese squire named Duarte de Armas in 1509-1510 CE. The data added to this repository includes high resolution photographs of the extant castles and towns taken from vantage points that are estimated to be as similar as possible to those used by Duaarte de Armas when he created his perspective drawings. The 3D data includes georeferenced point clouds and 3D meshes of a subset of the 55 border castles that Duarte de Armas rendered in the Book of Fortressses that were captured via drone photogrammetry during visits to the sites in 2018, 2019, and 2022. Triplett, Edward 0 0
Display all details of Fish And More Lab collection Scanned and uploaded by FAM lab members 0 0
Display all details of Ocular lens morphology is influenced by ecology and metamorphosis in frogs and toads The shape and relative size of an ocular lens affects the focal length of the eye, with consequences for visual acuity and sensitivity. Lenses are typically spherical in aquatic animals with camera-type eyes and axially flattened in terrestrial species to facilitate vision in optical media with different refractive indices. Frogs and toads (Amphibia: Anura) are ecologically diverse, with many species shifting from aquatic to terrestrial ecologies during metamorphosis. We quantified lens shape and relative size using 177 microCT scans of 122 biphasic anuran species and tested for correlations with life stage, adult environment and habits, and adult activity period. Across broad phylogenetic diversity, tadpole lenses are more spherical than those of adults. Biphasic species with aquatic larvae and terrestrial adults typically undergo ontogenetic changes in lens shape, whereas species that remain aquatic as adults tend to retain more spherical lenses after metamorphosis. Further, adult lens shape is influenced by adult habit; notably, fossorial adults tend to retain spherical lenses following metamorphosis. Finally, lens size relative to eye size is smaller in aquatic and semiaquatic species than other adult ecologies. Our study demonstrates how ecology shapes visual systems, and the power of non-invasive imaging of museum specimens for studying sensory evolution. 0 0
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