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Display all details of Rhinolophus nippon - Kyoto University Zoological collections of Mammals (KUZM) DICOM Datasets for 15 individual skulls of Rhinolophus nippon kept in the Kyoto University Museum. Motokawa, Masaharu 15 15
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 16363 10292
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. 1480 696
Display all details of Convergence and contingency in the evolution of a specialized mode of life: multiple origins and high disparity of rock-boring bivalves Meshes analysed in "Convergence and contingency in the evolution of a specialized mode of life: multiple origins and high disparity of rock-boring bivalves" by Katie S. Collins, Stewart M. Edie, and David Jablonski. This description will be updated with the paper info when the final acceptance comes through. Katie Collins 384 384
Display all details of Sauropod dinosaur teeth from the lower Upper Cretaceous Winton Formation of Queensland, Australia, and the global record of early titanosauriforms The Upper Cretaceous Winton Formation of Queensland, Australia, has produced several partial sauropod skeletons, but cranial remains — including teeth — remain rare. Herein, we present the first description of sauropod teeth from this formation, based on specimens from three separate sites. An isolated tooth and a dentary fragment from the Diamantinasaurus matildae type locality are considered to be referable to that titanosaurian taxon. A single tooth from the Diamantinasaurus matildae referred specimen site is similarly regarded as being part of that individual. Seventeen teeth from a new site that are morphologically uniform, and similar to the teeth from the two Diamantinasaurus sites, are assigned to Diamantinasauria. All sauropod teeth recovered from the Winton Formation to date are compressed-cone-chisel-shaped, have low slenderness index values (2.00–2.88), are lingually curved at their apices, mesiodistally convex on their lingual surfaces, and lack prominent carinae and denticles. They are markedly different from the chisel-like teeth of derived titanosaurs, more closely resembling the teeth of early-branching members of the titanosauriform radiation. This provides further support for a ‘basal’ titanosaurian position for Diamantinasauria. SEM microwear analysis of the wear facets of several teeth reveals more scratches than pits, implying that diamantinasaurians were mid-height (1–10 m) feeders. With a view to assessing the spatiotemporal distribution of sauropod tooth morphotypes before and after deposition of the Winton Formation, we provide a comprehensive continent–by–continent review of the early titanosauriform global record (Early to early Late Cretaceous). This indicates that throughout the Early–early Late Cretaceous, sauropod faunas transitioned from being quite diverse at higher phylogenetic levels and encompassing a range of tooth morphologies at the start of the Berriasian, to faunas comprising solely titanosaurs with limited dental variability by the end-Turonian. Furthermore, this review highlights the different ways in which this transition unfolded on each continent, including the earliest records of titanosaurs with narrow-crowned teeth on each continent. 12 12
Display all details of Rhinolophus cornutus - Kyoto University Zoological collections of Mammals (KUZM) DICOM Datasets for 10 individual skulls of Rhinolophus cornutus kept in the Kyoto University Museum. Motokawa, Masaharu 10 10
Display all details of Royal Museum for Central Africa This project contains microCT scans of extant primate crania from the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium). Amelie Beaudet 18 18
Display all details of Preserving and Increasing Access to the Hamann-Todd Non-Human Primate Collection The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will rehouse and digitize the Hamann-Todd Non-Human Primate Skeletal Collection (NHPC), one of the world’s largest collections of great apes. The project will process bones holding dried soft tissue to make them available for scientific study; 3D-scan specimens of a representative sample of the collection and provide research and education access online; and purchase new storage compactors and archival quality storage boxes to upgrade and extend collection preservation. The result will be a well-preserved NHPC that will be readily accessible for scientific research, education, and public engagement locally, nationally, and internationally. CLEV Biological Anthropology Hamann-Todd Non-Human Primate Collection Majewski, Hailey 3 2
Display all details of Farina Laboratory 3D Models and CT Datasets are generated for the Farina Lab research and teaching at Howard University. 5 4
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