Animation of the skull of an adult female of the extinct South Island giant moa (Dinornis robustus, FMNH PA 35), labeled to show the endocast of the brain cavity, labyrinth of the inner ear, confluent paranasal and paratympanic air sinuses, and other soft tissues. It was collected in 1949 in the Pyramid Valley swamp near Christchurch, New Zealand, for the Canterbury Museum. Work on this project was done by WitmerLab PhD student Catherine Early. The bones of the braincase, mandible, and face were CT scanned at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Athens, Ohio, at a slice thickness of 300 µm, and the quadrate bone was scanned at the OUµCT facility at a slice thickness of 45 µm. Segmentation of anatomical structures was done using Avizo; 3D PDFs were generated using Maya, Deep Exploration, and Adobe Acrobat; and movies were made using Avizo, Maya, QuickTime, and Adobe Premiere. Visit http://bit.ly/1wn3OuE
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