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Multituberculate Extinction

Adams, N., Rayfield, E., and Cox, P.G. 2019. Functional tests of the competitive exclusion hypothesis for multituberculate extinction. Royal Society Open Science, 6, 181536.

Badger Acromegaly

Anné, J., Tumarkin-Deratzian, A.R., Orsini, P., and Grandstaff, B. 2019. Acromegaly in a hog badger (Arctonyx collaris). Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 167, 85-92.

Oviraptoran Dinosaurs

Balanoff, A.M., Norell, M.A., Hogan, A.V.C., and Bever, G.S. 2018. The endocranial cavity of oviraptorosaur dinosaurs and the increasingly complex, deep history of the avian brain. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 91, 125-135.

Theropod Evolution

Barta, D.E., Nesbitt, S.J., and Norell, M.A. 2018. The evolution of the manus of early theropod dinosaurs is characterized by high inter- and intraspecific variation. Journal of Anatomy, 232, 80-104.

Extinct Marsupialiform

Beck, R.M.D. 2017. The skull of Epidolops ameghinoi from the Early Eocene Itaboraí Fauna, southeastern Brazil, and the affinities of the extinct marsupialiform order Polydolopimorphia. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 24, 373-414.

Lab Rats

Belli, H.M., Bresee, C.S., Graff, M.M., and Hartmann, M.J.Z. 2018. Quantifying the three-dimensional facial morphology of the laboratory rat with a focus on the vibrissae. PLoS ONE, 13(4), e0194981.

Probainognathid Evolution

Benoit, J., Ruf, I., Miyamae, J.A., Fernandez, V., Rodrigues, P.G., and Rubidge, B.S. In press. The evolution of the maxillary canal in Probainognathia (Cynodontia, Synapsida): reassessment of the homology of the infraorbital foramen in mammalian ancestors. Journal of Mammalian Evolution.

Epicynodont Orbitosphenoids

Benoit, J., Jasinoski, S.C., Fernandez, V., and Abdala, F. 2017. The mystery of a missing bone: revealing the orbitosphenoid in basal Epicynodontia (Cynodontia, Therapsida) through computed tomography. The Science of Nature, 104, 66.

Volume Rendering

Berger, M., Li, J., and Levine, J.A. 2019. A generative model for volume rendering. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 25, 1636-1650.

Flying Archosaurs

Beyrand, V., Voeten, D.F.A.E., Bure?, S., Fernandez, V., Janácek, J., Jirák, D., Rauhut, O., and Tafforeau, P. 2019. Multiphase progenetic development shaped the brain of flying archosaurs. Scientific Reports, 9, 10807.

Mammal Jaws

Bhullar, B.-A.S., Manafzadeh, A.R., Miyamae, J.A., Hoffman, E.A., Brainerd, E.L., Musinsky, C., and Crompton, A.W. 2019. Rolling of the jaw is essential for mammalian chewing and tribosphenic molar function. Nature, 566, 528-532.

More Lab Rats

Bjerke, I.E., Řvsthus, M., Papp, E.A., Yates, S.C., Silvestri, L., Fiorilli, J., Pennartz, C.M.A., Pavone, F.S., Puchades, M.A., Leergaard, T.B., and Bjaalie, J.G. 2018. Data integration through brain atlasing: Human Brain Project tools and strategies. European Psychiatry, 50, 70-76.

Mouse Vertebrae

Böhmer, C. 2017. Correlation between Hox code and vertebral morphology in the mouse: towards a universal model for Synapsida. Zoological Letters, 3, 8.

Crocodylian Brains

Bona, P., Carabajal, A.P., and Gasparini, Z. 2017. Neuroanatomy of Gryposuchus geogaeus (Crocodylia, Gavialoidea): a first integral description of the braincase and endocranial morphological variation in extinct and extant gavialoids. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 106, 235-246.

Early Mammal Evolution

Borges, R., Johnson, W.E., O'Brien, S.J.,Gomes, C., Heesy, C.P., and Antunes, A. 2018. Adaptive genomic evolution of opsins reveals that early mammals flourished in nocturnal environments. BMC Genomics, 19, 121.

Avian Binocularity

Borges, R., Fonseca, J., Gomes, C., Johnson, W.E., O'Brien, S.J., Zhang, G., Gilbert, M.T.P., Jarvis, E.D., and Antunes, A. 2019. Avian binocularity and adaptation to nocturnal environments: genomic insights from a highly derived visual phenotype. Genome Biology and Evolution, 11, 2244-2255.

Sloth Evolution

Boscaini, A., Iurino, D.A., Sardella, R., Tirao, G., Gaudin, T.J., and Pujos, F. In press. Digital cranial endocasts of the extinct sloth Glossotherium robustum (Xenarthra, Mylodontidae) from the Late Pleistocene of Argentina: description and comparison with the extant sloths. Journal of Mammalian Evolution.

Fossil Record of Bats

Brown, E.E., Cashmore, D.D., Simmons, N.B., and Butler, R.J. In press. Quantifying the completeness of the bat fossil record. Palaeontology.

Salamander Ears

Capshaw, G., Soares, D., and Carr, C.E. 2019. Bony labyrinth morphometry reveals hidden diversity in lungless salamanders (Family Plethodontidae): structural correlates of ecology, development, and vision in the inner ear. Evolution, 73, 2135-2150.

Mammalian Carnivorans

Casares-Hidalgo, C., Pérez-Ramos, A., Forner-Gumbau, M., Pastor, F.J., and Figueirido, B. In press. Taking a look into the orbit of mammalian carnivorans. Journal of Anatomy.

First Fossil Dibamid?

Čerňanský, A. In press. The first potential fossil record of a dibamid reptile (Squamata: Dibamidae): a new taxon from the early Oligocene of Central Mongolia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Fossil Mabuyid Skink

Čerňanský, A., and Syromyatnikova, E.V. In press. The first pre-Quaternary fossil record of the clade Mabuyidae with a comment on the enclosure of the Meckelian canal in skinks. Papers in Paleontology.

Anguine Lizard Vertebrae

Čerňanský, A., Yaryhin, O., Ciceková, J., Werneburg, I., Hain, M., and Klembara, J. In press. Vertebral comparative anatomy and morphological differences in anguine lizards with a special reference to Pseudopus apodus. The Anatomical Record.

Fossil Rhynchocephalians

Chambi-Trowell, S.A.V., Whiteside, D.I., and Benton, M.J. 2019. Diversity in rhynchocephalian Clevosaurus skulls based on CT reconstruction of two Late Triassic species from Great Britain. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 64, 41-64

Pseudosuchian Ornamentation

Clarac, F., de Buffrénil, V., Brochu, C., and Cubo, J. 2017. The evolution of bone ornamentation in Pseudosuchia: morphological constraints versus ecological adaptation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 121, 395-408.

Mammalian Skulls

Crompton, A.W., Musinsky, C., Rougier, G.W., Bhullar, B.-A.S., and Miyamae, J.A. 2018. Origin of the lateral wall of the mammalian skull: fossils, monotremes and therians revisited. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 25, 301-313.

Digital Rendering

Csébfalvi, B. 2018. Fast Catmull-Rom spline interpolation for high-quality texture sampling. Computer Graphics Forum, 37, 455-462.

Snake Ecology

Da Silva, F.O., Fabre, A.-C., Savriama, Y., Ollonen, J., Mahlow, K., Herrel, A., Müller, J., and Di-Poď, N. 2018. The ecological origins of snakes as revealed by skull evolution. Nature Communications, 9, 376.

Hyena Diets

DeSantis, L.R.G., Tseng, Z.J., Liu, J., Hurst, A., Schubert, B.W., and Jiangzuo, Q. 2017. Assessing niche conservatism using a multiproxy approach: dietary ecology of extinct and extant spotted hyenas. Paleobiology, 43, 286-303.

Cretaceous Lizards

Dong, L., Xu, X., Wang, Y., and Evans, S.E. 2018. The lizard genera Bainguis and Parmeosaurus from the Upper Cretaceous of China and Mongolia. Cretaceous Research, 85, 95-108.

Weasel Mastoids

Ercoli, M.D. 2017. Morpho-functional analysis of the mastoid region of the extinct South American mustelid Stipanicicia pettorutii. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 106, 337-349.

Turtle Phylogeny

Evers, S.W., and Benson, R.B.J. 2019. A new phylogenetic hypothesis of turtles with implications for the timing and number of evolutionary transitions to marine lifestyles in the group. Palaeontology, 62, 93-134.

Reptile Brain Evolution

Fabbri, M., Koch, N.M., Pritchard, A.C., Hanson, M., Hoffman, E., Bever, G.S., Balanoff, A.M., Morris, Z.S., Field, D.J., Camacho, J., Rowe, T.B., Norell, M.A., Smith, R.M., Abzhanov, A., and Bhullar, B-A.S. 2017. The skull roof tracks the brain during the evolution and development of reptiles including birds. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 1543-1550.

Marsupial Carnivores

Feigin, C.Y., Newton, A.H., Doronina, L., Schmitz, J., Hipsley, C.A., Mitchell, K.J., Gower, G., Llamas, B., Soubrier, J., Heider, T.N., Menzies, B.R., Cooper, A., O'Neill, R.J., and Pask, A.J. 2018. Genome of the Tasmanian tiger provides insights into the evolution and demography of an extinct marsupial carnivore. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2, 182-192.

Placental Mammal Evolution

Ferreira-Cardoso, S., Delsuc, F., and Hautier, L. In press. Evolutionary tinkering of the mandibular canal linked to convergent regression of teeth in placental mammals. Current Biology.

Sabertooth Cats

Figueirido, B., Lautenschlager, S.,Pérez-Ramos, A., and Van Valkenburgh, B. 2018. Distinct predatory behaviors in scimitar- and dirk-toothed sabertooth cats. Current Biology, 28, 3260-3266.e3.


Fisher, M., and Hunter, E. 2018. Digital imaging techniques in otolith data capture, analysis and interpretation. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 598, 213-231.

Turtle Ears

Foth, C., Evers, S.W., Joyce, W.G., Volpato, V.S., and Benson, R.B.J. In press. Comparative analysis of the shape and size of the middle ear cavity of turtles reveals no correlation with habitat ecology. Journal of Anatomy.

Digital Chamaeleons

Frey, S., and Ertl, T. 2017. Progressive direct volume-to-volume transformation. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 23, 921-930.

Single-image Tomography

Henzler, P., Rasche, V., Ropinski, T., and Ritschel, T. 2018. Single-image tomography: 3D volumes from 2D cranial X-rays. Computer Graphics Forum, 37, 277-388.

Data Analysis

Hoang, D., Klacansky, P., Bhatia, H., Bremer, P.-T., Lindstrom, P., and Pascucci, V. 2019. A study of the trade-off between reducing precision and reducing resolution for data analysis and visualization. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 25, 1193-1203.

Bird Skulls

Jung, J.-Y., Pissarenko, A., Yaraghi, N.A., Naleway, S.E., Kisailus, D., Meyers, M.A., and McKittrick, J. 2018. A comparative analysis of the avian skull: woodpeckers and chickens. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 84, 273-280.

Woodpecker Skull Mechanics

Jung, J.-Y., Pissarenko, A., Trikanad, A.A., Restrepo, D., Su, F.Y., Marquez, A., Gonzalez, D., Naleway, S.E., Zavattieri, P., and McKittrick, J. In press. A natural stress deflector on the head? Mechanical and functional evaluation of the woodpecker skull bones. Advanced Theory and Simulations.

Miocene Chinchilloid

Kerber, L., Ferreira, J.D., and Negri, F.R. In press. A reassessment of the cranial morphology of Neoepiblema acreensis (Rodentia: Chinchilloidea), a Miocene rodent from South America. Journal of Morphology.

Cortical Phenotypes

Krubitzer, L.A., and Prescott, T.J. 2018. The combinatorial creature: cortical phenotypes within and across lifetimes. Trends in Neurosciences, 41, 744-762.

Mammalian Jaw Muscles

Lautenschlager, S., Gill, P., Luo, Z.-X., Fagan, M.J., and Rayfield, E.J. 2017. Morphological evolution of the mammalian jaw adductor complex. Biological Reviews, 92, 1910-1940.

Mammalian Miniaturization

Lautenschlager, S., Gill, P.G., Luo, Z.-X., Fagan, M.J., and Rayfield, E.J. 2018. The role of miniaturization in the evolution of the mammalian jaw and middle ear. Nature, 561, 533-537.

Turtle Cranial Endocasts

Lautenschlager, S., Ferreira, G.S., and Werneburg, I. 2018. Sensory evolution and ecology of early turtles revealed by digital endocranial reconstructions. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 7.

Primate Bite Mechanics
Primates On Digimorph

Ledogar, J.A., Luk, R.H.Y, Perry, J.M.G., Neaux, D., and Wroe, S. 2018. Biting mechanics and niche separation in a specialized clade of primate seed predators. PLoS ONE, 13(1), e0190689.

Alligator Symphyses

Lessner, E.J., Gant, C.A., Hieronymus, T.L., Vickaryous, M.K., and Holliday, C.M. In press. Anatomy and ontogeny of the mandibular symphysis in Alligator mississippiensis. The Anatomical Record.

Aquatic Carnivorans

Loza, C.M., Latimer, A.E., Sánchez-Villagra, and Carlini, A.A. 2017. Sensory anatomy of the most aquatic of carnivorans: the Antarctic Ross seal, and convergences with other mammals. Biology Letters, 13, 20170489.

Cranial Convergence

McCurry, M.R., Evans, A.R., Fitzgerald, E.M.G., Adams, J.W., Clausen, P.D., and McHenry, C.R. 2017. The remarkable convergence of skull shape in crocodilians and toothed whales. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284, 20162348.

Crocodilian Biomechanics

McCurry, M.R., Walmsley, C.W., Fitzgerald, E.M.G., and McHenry, C.R. 2017. The biomechanical consequences of longirostry in crocodilians and odontocetes. Journal of Biomechanics, 56, 61-70.

Squamate Teeth

Melstrom, K.M. 2017. The relationship between diet and tooth complexity in living dentigerous saurians. Journal of Morphology, 278, 500-522.

Herbivorous Crocodyliforms

Melstrom, K.M., and Irmis, R.B. 2019. Repeated evolution of herbivorous crocodyliforms during the age of dinosaurs. Current Biology, 29, 2389-2395.e3.

Crocodile Sexual Dimorphism

Moore, B.C., Holliday, C.M., McMurry, S.T., Platt, S.G., and Rainwater, T.R. In press. Correlation between increased postpubertal phallic growth and the initiation of cranial sexual dimorphisms in male Morelet's crocodile. JEZ-A Ecological and Integrative Physiology.

A Model Lizard

Ollonen, J., Da Silva, F.O., Mahlow, K., and Di-Poď, N. 2018. Skull development, ossification pattern, and adult shape in the emerging lizard model organism Pogona vitticeps: a comparative analysis with other squamates. Frontiers in Physiology, 9, 278.

Snake Origins

Palci, A., Hutchinson, M.N., Caldwell, M.W., and Lee, M.S.Y. 2017. The morphology of the inner ear of squamate reptiles and its bearing on the origin of snakes. Royal Society Open Science, 4, 170685.

Earliest Mustelid

Paterson, R., Samuels, J.X., Rybczynski, N., Ryan, M.J., and Maddin, H.C. In press. The earliest mustelid in North America. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Dolphin Mandibles

Peredo, C.M., Pyenson, N.D., Uhen, M.D., and Marshall, C.D. 2017. Alveoli, teeth, and tooth loss: understanding the homology of internal mandibular structures in mysticete cetaceans. PLoS ONE, 12(5), e0178243.

Crocodylomorph Brains

Pierce, S.E., Williams, M., and Benson, R.B.J. 2017. Virtual reconstruction of the endocranial anatomy of the early Jurassic marine crocodylomorph Pelagosaurus typus (Thalattosuchia). PeerJ, 5, e3225.

Orodovician Echinoderms

Reich, M., Sprinkle, J., Lefebvre, B., Rössner, G.E., and Zamora, S. 2017. The first Ordovician cyclocystoid (Echinodermata) from Gondwana and its morphology, paleoecology, taphonomy, and paleogeography. Journal of Paleontology, 91, 735-754.

Walking Frogs

Reynaga, C.M., Astley, H.C., and Azizi, E. 2018. Morphological and kinematic specializations of walking frogs. Journal of Experimental Zoology, 329, 87-98.

Haplorhine Origins

Rossie, J.B., Smith, T.D., Beard, K.C., Godinot, M., and Rowe, T.B. 2018. Nasolacrimal anatomy and haplorhine origins. Journal of Human Evolution, 114, 176-183.

New Liotyphlops

Santos, F.J.M., and Reis, R.E. 2018. Two new blind snake species of the genus Liotyphlops Peters, 1881 (Serpentes: Anomalepididae), from central and south Brazil. Copeia, 106, 507-514.

GPU Data Structure

Schneider, J., and Rautek, P. 2017. A versatile and efficient GPU data structure for spatial indexing. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 23, 911-920.

Domesticated Ears

Schweizer, A.V., Lebrun, R., Wilson, LA.B., Costeur, L., Schmelzle, T. and Sánchez-Villagra, M.R. 2017. Size variation under domestication: conservatism in the inner ear shape of wolves, dogs and dingoes. Scientific Reports, 7, 13330.

Eusuchian Ears

Serrano-Martinez, A., Knoll, F., Narváez, I., Lautenschlager, S., and Ortega, F. 2018. Inner skull cavities of the basal eusuchian Lohuecosuchus megadontos (Upper Cretaceous, Spain) and neurosensorial implications. Cretaceous Research, 93, 66-77.

Failing Shells

Stayton, C.T. 2018. Warped finite element models predict whole shell failure in turtle shells. Journal of Anatomy, 233, 666-678.


Theofanopoulou, C., Gastaldon, S., O'Rourke, T., Samuels, B.D., Messner, A., Martins, P.T., Delogu, F., Alamri, S., and Boeckx, C. 2017. Self-domestication in Homo sapiens: insights from comparative genomics. PLos ONE, 12(10), e0185306.

Carnivoran Feeding

Tseng, Z.J., and Flynn, J.J. 2018. Structure-function covariation with nonfeeding ecological variables influences evolution of feeding specialization in Carnivora. Science Advances, 4, 2.

Tortoise Evolution

Vlachos, E., and Rabi, M. 2018. Total evidence analysis and body size evolution of extant and extinct tortoises (Testudines: Cryptodira: Pan-Testudinidae). Cladistics, 34, 652-683.

Sautopterygian Physiology

Voeten, D.F.A.E., Reich, T., Araújo, R., and Scheyer, T.M. 2018. Synchrotron microtomography of a Nothosaurus marchicus skull informs on nothosaurian physiology and neurosensory adaptations in early Sauropterygia. PLoS ONE, 13(1), e0188509.

Mammalian Cranial Evolution

Wible, J.R., Shelley, S.L., and Rougier, G.W. 2018. The mammalian parasphenoid: its occurrence in marsupials. Annals of Carnegie Museum, 85, 113-164.

Aquatic Squamates

Yi, H., and Norell, M. In press. The bony labyrinth of Platecarpus (Squamata: Mosasauria) and aquatic adaptations in squamate reptiles. Palaeoworld.

Pigeon Skulls

Young, N.M., Linde-Medina, M., Fondon, J.W., Hallgrímsson, B., and Marcucio, R.S. 2017. Craniofacial diversification in the domestic pigeon and the evolution of the avian skull. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 0095.

Caenophidian Snake Evolution

Zaher, H., Murphy, R.W., Arredondo, J.C., Graboski, R., Machado-Filho, P.R., Mahlow, K., Montingelli, G.G., Quadros, A.B., Orlov, N., Wilkinson, M., Zhang, Y.-P., and Grazziotin, F.G. 2019. Large-scale molecular phylogeny, morphology, divergence-time estimation, and the fossil record of advanced caenophidian snakes (Squamata: Serpentes). PLoS ONE, 14(5), e0216148.

Ruminating Ungulates

Zhou, Z., Winkler, D.E., Fortuny, J., Kaiser, T.M., and Marcé-Nogué, J. 2019. Why ruminating ungulates chew sloppily: biomechanics discern a phylogenetic pattern. PLoS ONE, 14(4), e0214510.

Nasal Cavities

Zwicker, D., Ostilla-Mónico, R., Lieberman, D.E., and Brenner, M.P. 2018. Physical and geometric constraints shape the labyrinth-like nasal cavity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, 2936-2941.

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