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Functional morphology and efficiency of the antenna cleaner in Camponotus rufifemurants
(The Royal Society, 2015)
Contamination of body surfaces can negatively affect many physiological functions. Insects have evolved different adaptations for removing contamination, including surfaces that allow passive self-cleaning and structures ...
Morphological and functional changes in the vertebral columnwith increasing aquatic adaptation in crocodylomorphs
The lineage leading to modern Crocodylia has undergone dramatic evolutionary changes in morphology, ecology and locomotion over the past 200+Myr. These functional innovations may be explained in part by morphological changes ...
Temporal and phylogenetic evolution of the sauropod dinosaur body plan
The colossal size and body plan of sauropod dinosaurs are unparalleled in terrestrial vertebrates. However, to date, there have been only limited attempts to examine temporal and phylogenetic patterns in the sauropod ...
Functional cervicothoracic boundary modified by anatomical shifts in the neck of giraffes
Here we examined the kinematic function of the morpho-logically unique first thoracic vertebra in giraffes. The first thoracic vertebra of the giraffe displayed similar shape to the seventh cervical vertebra in general ...
Estimating cranial musculoskeletal constraints in theropod dinosaurs
Many inferences on the biology, behaviour and ecology of extinct vertebrates are based on the reconstruction of the musculature and rely considerably on its accuracy. Although the advent of digital reconstruction techniques ...