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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643449/morphology-of-the-tongue-of-vermilingua-xenarthra-pilosa-and-evolutionary-considerations
#1
Daniel M Casali, Elisângela Martins-Santos, André L Q Santos, Flávia R Miranda, Germán A B Mahecha, Fernando A Perini
The tongue of anteaters (Xenarthra, Pilosa, Vermilingua) is a highly specialized for myrmecophagy. Here, we describe the topography and histology of the tongue, and compare it to that of other xenarthrans and other myrmecophagous eutherian mammals. The tongue of Vermilingua is long and slender, with an apical protuberance, which differs between Myrmecophagidae and Cyclopes didactylus. In the former, the rostral region is conical, and in the latter, it is dorsoventrally compressed, as observed in sloths. The tongue of Vermilingua has filiform and circumvallate papillae on the surface; foliate and fungiform papillae are absent...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635148/how-common-are-cranial-sesamoids-among-squamates
#2
Ricardo Montero, Juan D Daza, Aaron M Bauer, Virginia Abdala
Sesamoids are elements that originate as intratendinous structures due to genetic and epigenetic factors. These elements have been reported frequently in vertebrates, although cranial sesamoids have been recorded almost exclusively in non-tetrapod Osteichthyes. The only tetrapod cranial sesamoids reported until now have been the transiliens cartilage (of crocodiles and turtles), and another one located in the quadrate-mandibular joint of birds. Here, we examined seven squamate species using histological sections, dissections of preserved specimens, dry skeletons, cleared and stained specimens, computed tomographies (CT), and report the presence of other cranial sesamoids...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621462/evidence-for-convergent-evolution-of-a-neocortex-like-structure-in-a-late-permian-therapsid
#3
Michael Laaß, Anders Kaestner
The special sensory, motor, and cognitive capabilities of mammals mainly depend upon the neocortex, which is the six-layered cover of the mammalian forebrain. The origin of the neocortex is still controversial and the current view is that larger brains with neocortex first evolved in late Triassic Mammaliaformes. Here, we report the earliest evidence of a structure analogous to the mammalian neocortex in a forerunner of mammals, the fossorial anomodont Kawingasaurus fossilis from the late Permian of Tanzania...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621458/what-did-the-unossified-zone-of-the-non-mammalian-therapsid-braincase-house
#4
Michael Laaß, Burkhard Schillinger, Anders Kaestner
Most nonmammalian synapsids possess a mid-dorsal depression in the brain cavity known as the "unossified zone." It remains obscure which structures this zone contained, and, as candidates, the vermis of the cerebellum, the superior sagittal sinus, a junction of several blood vessels, the pineal gland or other midbrain structures were considered. Neutron tomography of a skull of Diictodon feliceps (Therapsida, Anomodontia) revealed some clear impressions of canals in this region of the brain cavity. Furthermore, the prootic sinus probably ran on the internal surface of the pila antotica and had a similar course in anomodonts as it has been proposed for cynodonts and Mesozoic mammals...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603933/pretarsal-structures-in-leiodidae-and-agyrtidae-coleoptera-staphylinoidea
#5
Pedro Gnaspini, Caio Antunes-Carvalho, Richard A B Leschen
We analysed pretarsal characters of 87 species of Leiodidae (including 10 cholevines and representatives of all tribes and ca. 60% of the genera of non-cholevines), five species of Agyrtidae, and nine representatives of outgroup taxa (Hydraenidae, Staphylinidae, Hydrophilidae, and Histeridae) using scanning electron microscopy. We focused our observations on the architecture of the empodium (including the sclerites and associated setae), the shape and composition of the medial projection of the distal margin of the terminal tarsomere, and the armature of the claws, which were considered a promising source of information for delimiting supraspecific taxa in our previous study...
June 11, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603865/correlates-between-calcaneal-morphology-and-locomotion-in-extant-and-extinct-carnivorous-mammals
#6
Elsa Panciroli, Christine Janis, Maximilion Stockdale, Alberto Martín-Serra
Locomotor mode is an important component of an animal's ecology, relating to both habitat and substrate choice (e.g., arboreal versus terrestrial) and in the case of carnivores, to mode of predation (e.g., ambush versus pursuit). Here, we examine how the morphology of the calcaneum, the 'heel bone' in the tarsus, correlates with locomotion in extant carnivores. Other studies have confirmed the correlation of calcaneal morphology with locomotion behaviour and habitat. The robust nature of the calcaneum means that it is frequently preserved in the fossil record...
June 11, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573741/patterns-of-morphological-integration-between-parietal-and-temporal-areas-in-the-human-skull
#7
Emiliano Bruner, Ana Sofia Pereira-Pedro, Markus Bastir
Modern humans have evolved bulging parietal areas and large, projecting temporal lobes. Both changes, largely due to a longitudinal expansion of these cranial and cerebral elements, were hypothesized to be the result of brain evolution and cognitive variations. Nonetheless, the independence of these two morphological characters has not been evaluated. Because of structural and functional integration among cranial elements, changes in the position of the temporal poles can be a secondary consequence of parietal bulging and reorientation of the head axis...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573665/oligomeric-larvae-of-the-pycnogonids-revisited
#8
Nina Alexeeva, Ekaterina Bogomolova, Yuta Tamberg, Natalia Shunatova
Organization and ultrastructure of the protonymphon larva were never adequately described, despite it being the common larval type of the enigmatic sea spiders and the only example of oligosegmented life stage among recent chelicerates. We have made a comprehensive examination of the newly hatched free-living protonymphons of Nymphon brevirostre using SEM, TEM, light, and confocal microscopy. Although fairly typical in their broad characters, protonymphon larvae have a number of unique and unexpected traits...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28568283/the-lungs-of-polypterus-senegalus-and-erpetoichthys-calabaricus-insights-into-the-structure-and-functional-distribution-of-the-pulmonary-epithelial-cells
#9
José M Icardo, Elvira Colvee, Michal Kuciel, Eugenia R Lauriano, Giacomo Zaccone
The present article is a comparative, structural study of the lung of Polypterus senegalus and Erpetoichthys calabaricus, two species representative of the two genera that constitute the Polypteriformes. The lung of the two species is an asymmetric, bi-lobed organ that arises from a slit-like opening in the ventral side of the pharynx. The wall is organized into layers, being thicker in P. senegalus. The inner epithelium contains ciliated and non-ciliated bands. The latter constitute the respiratory surface and are wider in E...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547886/the-suction-mechanism-of-the-pipid-frog-pipa-pipa-linnaeus-1758
#10
David Cundall, Edward Fernandez, Frances Irish
Most suction-feeding, aquatic vertebrates create suction by rapidly enlarging the oral cavity and pharynx. Forceful enlargement of the pharynx is powered by longitudinal muscles that retract skeletal elements of the hyoid, more caudal branchial arches, and, in many fish, the pectoral girdle. This arrangement was thought to characterize all suction-feeding vertebrates. However, it does not exist in the permanently aquatic, tongueless Pipa pipa, an Amazonian frog that can catch fish. Correlating high-speed (250 and 500 fps) video records with anatomical analysis and functional tests shows that fundamental features of tetrapod body design are altered to allow P...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543631/a-three-dimensional-placoderm-stem-group-gnathostome-pharyngeal-skeleton-and-its-implications-for-primitive-gnathostome-pharyngeal-architecture
#11
Martin D Brazeau, Matt Friedman, Anna Jerve, Robert C Atwood
The pharyngeal skeleton is a key vertebrate anatomical system in debates on the origin of jaws and gnathostome (jawed vertebrate) feeding. Furthermore, it offers considerable potential as a source of phylogenetic data. Well-preserved examples of pharyngeal skeletons from stem-group gnathostomes remain poorly known. Here, we describe an articulated, nearly complete pharyngeal skeleton in an Early Devonian placoderm fish, Paraplesiobatis heinrichsi Broili, from Hunsrück Slate of Germany. Using synchrotron light tomography, we resolve and reconstruct the three-dimensional gill arch architecture of Paraplesiobatis and compare it with other gnathostomes...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523646/phylogenetics-and-ecomorphology-of-emarginate-primary-feathers
#12
Brett Klaassen van Oorschot, Ho Kwan Tang, Bret W Tobalske
Wing tip slots are a distinct morphological trait broadly expressed across the avian clade, but are generally perceived to be unique to soaring raptors. These slots are the result of emarginations on the distal leading and trailing edges of primary feathers, and allow the feathers to behave as individual airfoils. Research suggests these emarginate feathers are an adaptation to increase glide efficiency by mitigating induced drag in a manner similar to aircraft winglets. If so, we might expect birds known for gliding and soaring to exhibit emarginate feather morphology; however, that is not always the case...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517044/intercentrum-versus-pleurocentrum-growth-in-early-tetrapods-a-paleohistological-approach
#13
Marylène Danto, Florian Witzmann, Stephanie E Pierce, Nadia B Fröbisch
A variety of vertebral centrum morphologies have evolved within early tetrapods which range from multipartite centra consisting of intercentra and pleurocentra in stem-tetrapods, temnospondyls, seymouriamorphs, and anthracosaurs up to monospondylous centra in lepospondyls. With the present study, we aim to determine the formation of both intercentrum and pleurocentrum and asked whether these can be homologized based on their bone histology. Both intercentra and pleurocentra ossified endochondrally and periosteal bone was subsequently deposited on the outer surface of the centra...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517034/comparative-musculoskeletal-anatomy-of-chameleon-limbs-with-implications-for-the-evolution-of-arboreal-locomotion-in-lizards-and-for-teratology
#14
Julia L Molnar, Raul E Diaz, Tautis Skorka, Grant Dagliyan, Rui Diogo
Chameleon species have recently been adopted as models for evo-devo and macroevolutionary processes. However, most anatomical and developmental studies of chameleons focus on the skeleton, and information about their soft tissues is scarce. Here, we provide a detailed morphological description based on contrast enhanced micro-CT scans and dissections of the adult phenotype of all the forelimb and hindlimb muscles of the Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) and compare these muscles with those of other chameleons and lizards...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516726/clasper-morphology-of-skates-of-the-tribe-riorajini-chondrichthyes-rajiformes-arhynchobatidae-and-its-systematic-significance
#15
Renan A Moreira, Ulisses L Gomes, Marcelo R de Carvalho
Claspers of adult specimens of the skate tribe Riorajini, family Arhynchobatidae, comprising Atlantoraja and Rioraja, are described, compared, and systematically reinterpreted based on material collected off southeastern and southern Brazil. For the first time the external components and musculature of the clasper of members of this tribe are described and related to internal (skeletal) structures. The component pecten is present in all species of Atlantoraja but absent in Rioraja. The new external component grip, an autapomorphy of A...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516487/the-petrosal-and-bony-labyrinth-of-diplobune-minor-an-enigmatic-artiodactyla-from-the-oligocene-of-western-europe
#16
Maeva J Orliac, Ricardo Araújo, Fabrice Lihoreau
Anoplotheriinae are Paleogene European artiodactyls that present a unique postcranial morphology with a tridactyl autopodium and uncommon limb orientation. This peculiar morphology led to various hypotheses regarding anoplotheriine locomotion from semiaquatic to partly arboreal or partly bipedal. The petrosal bone, housing the organs of balance, and hearing, offers complementary information to postcranial morphology on the ecology of this uncommon artiodactyl. Here, we investigate the middle ear and bony labyrinth of the small anoplotheriine Diplobune minor based on four specimens from the Early Oligocene locality of Itardies (Quercy, France)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516456/description-of-embryonic-development-and-ultrastructure-in-miracidia-of-cardiocephaloides-longicollis-digenea-strigeidae-in-relation-to-active-host-finding-strategy-in-a-marine-environment
#17
Ana Born-Torrijos, Astrid S Holzer, Juan A Raga, Gabrielle S van Beest, Aneta Yoneva
The functional ultrastructure and embryonic development of miracidia in naturally released eggs of the trematode Cardiocephaloides longicollis were studied using light and transmission electron microscopy. This species has operculated eggs and embryogenesis occurs in the marine environment before an actively infecting ciliated miracidium hatches. Six different developmental stages were identified. The lack of pores in the eggshell indicates its impermeability and the miracidium's dependency on glycogen nutritive reserves, contained in numerous vitellocytes in early embryos...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503895/quantitative-comparative-analysis-of-the-nasal-chemosensory-organs-of-anurans-during-larval-development-and-metamorphosis-highlights-the-relative-importance-of-chemosensory-subsystems-in-the-group
#18
Lucas David Jungblut, John O Reiss, Dante A Paz, Andrea G Pozzi
The anuran peripheral olfactory system is composed of a number of subsystems, represented by distinct neuroepithelia. These include the main olfactory epithelium and vomeronasal organ (found in most tetrapods) and three specialized epithelia of anurans: the buccal-exposed olfactory epithelium of larvae, and the olfactory recess and middle chamber epithelium of postmetamorphic animals. To better characterize the developmental changes in these subsystems across the life cycle, morphometric changes of the nasal chemosensory organs during larval development and metamorphosis were analyzed in three different anuran species (Rhinella arenarum, Hypsiboas pulchellus, and Xenopus laevis)...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503871/subcellular-distribution-of-calcium-during-spermatogenesis-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#19
Amin Golpour, Martin Pšenička, Hamid Niksirat
Calcium plays a variety of vital regulatory functions in many physiological and biochemical events in the cell. The aim of this study was to describe the ultrastructural distribution of calcium during different developmental stages of spermatogenesis in a model organism, the zebrafish (Danio rerio), using a combined oxalate-pyroantimonate technique. Samples were treated by potassium oxalate and potassium pyroantimonate during two fixation stages and examined using transmission electron microscopy to detect electron dense intracellular calcium...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503803/a-microstructural-study-of-the-pleon-holding-mechanism-in-carcinus-maenas-decapoda-brachyura-portunoidea-carcinidae-of-different-sizes
#20
Stephanie Köhnk, Stanislav N Gorb, Dirk Brandis
Within the Brachyura there are a variety of specialized holding mechanisms, which facilitate the close attachment of the highly reduced pleon underneath the cephalothorax. The most common mechanism in eubrachyurans, known as the press-button, consists of a sternal protrusion and a corresponding pleonal socket. Reports on the microstructural properties of the surface of these holding structures are scarce and patchy. In this study, the European Green Crab Carcinus maenas, is used as model to describe the microstructure of a typical press-button mechanism with the use of scanning electron microscopy and light microscopic histology...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Morphology
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