The Digital Morphology library is a dynamic archive of information on digital morphology and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography of biological specimens. Browse through the site and see spectacular imagery and animations and details on the morphology of many representatives of the Earth's biota. All our our newest specimens will be showcased on our homepage, and our featured specimen should change bi-weekly.
Anytime you need help, look for this help icon. Clicking on it should open a popup window with relevent help topics for the page you are viewing.
A list of our media descriptions is provided below. Anytime you are on a specimen page and want to quickly look up the media descriptions, look for the graphics displayed below. Clicking on them will open up pop windows with the media descriptions.
- UTCT inspeCTor: the UTCT inspeCTor is a java applet created to interactively view the scan data along all three orthogonal axes, while a marker on the specimen indicates which slice you are currently viewing. Some data sets that have been labelled will include the labelled slices as well as the unlabelled slices along with a label key. The applet also includes a zoom feature, a measuring tool, and a whiteboard to which measurements can be posted. For more detailed help regarding the UTCT inspeCTor, you can click on the questionmark button within the applet, or go straight to the applet help.
- Movies: All movies are served in QuickTime format, and you must have the QuickTime player to view them - www.quicktime.com. Our movies include flipbook animations of the scans along all three orthogonal axes, volume rendered rotations, and occasionally volume rendered cutaways of the specimens.
- STL files: STL files, available for select specimens, are a format of a 3D mesh. These files can be downloaded, and even printed on a 3D printer or rapid prototyper.
- 3D compress: this is a plugin that allows you to rotate, zoom, and render the 3D mesh of the specimen. Currently, 3D compress is only available for Windows platforms.
- For Netscape users, version 4.0 is required, but it is recommended that version 6.0 or later is used for increased functionality. For Internet Explorer users, version 4.0 or later is required. This site will not function properly with Opera (as of Dec. 2001), and other third party browsers have not been tested.
- Note to Internet Explorer version 5.5 SP2 and 6.0 for Windows: these versions no longer support Netscape-style plugins. Because of this, QuickTime may not work. An ActiveX control for QuickTime must be downloaded at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/qtcheck.
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- To use certain features of this site, you must have java support. Windows XP users, and others without java, must download a java plugin in order to use the UTCT inspeCTor. Windows and Linix users can download one at http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.3/jre. Mac users can download one at http://www.apple.com/java
- To view the movies on this site, you must have the QuickTime player. It can be downloaded at www.quicktime.com.