The steinkern of Proganochelys questedtii
3D models of Proterochampsa nodosa
The Petrosal bone of Prodremotherium sp.
3D GM dataset of bird skeletal variation
3D models of cetartiodactyl cervicothoracic vertebrae
MorphoMuseuM (M3, ISSN 2274-0422) is a publication of the
Department of Paleontology
“Institut des Sciences de l’Évolution”
from Montpellier, France. M3 is the partner journal of
which is also published by the Department of Paleontology of the same institution.
M3 primarily publishes quality 3D surface models of vertebrate specimens. M3 aims at:
M3 also encourages using the software
which provides a set of tools for editing, positioning, deforming, labelling, measuring and
rendering sets of 3D surfaces.
You may cite M3 with the following reference:
Lebrun, R., Orliac, M. J., 2016. MorphoMuseuM: an online platform for publication and storage of virtual specimens. The Paleontological Society Papers, 22, 183-195. https://doi.org/10.1017/scs.2017.14
Since the mid 90's, 3D data acquisition and computer-assisted techniques have
grown increasingly popular
among evolutionary biologists, paleontologists and paleoanthropologists.
However, while the need to exchange 3D models of specimens among researchers and the
pressure of scientific journals to render original 3D morphological data publicly
available have increased, no standard 3D model repository has emerged.
The aim of M3 is to fill this gap. Each 3D model deposited
in M3 can be publicly accessed.
Each model is given a unique identifier code, which in turn should be cited by
researchers using this model in scientific publications.
Also, researchers should thank the institution curating the corresponding physical specimens out of which the analyzed models have been produced in their scientific publications, and inform the corresponding institution(s)/curator(s) of any new scientific publication involving 3D data derived from physical specimens housed in their collections.
Contributions to M3 come in two flavors:
Four main categories of original contributed articles are published in M3:
Anatomy atlases: this category is primarily designed to publish osteological anatomical models of entire organisms. Publication of anatomical models displaying soft tissues is also mostly welcome. We recommend to properly label and tag the 3D surfaces using mesh editing software such as MorphoDig
Fossil reconstructions: virtual restorations of damaged fossil organisms are published in this section. Emphasis should be put on the reconstruction procedure.
Holotype specimens: priority is set to osteological models extracted from CT-Data. Models showing segmented anatomical structures (such as teeth, bone, cavities ...) are favored.
Miscellaneous: this category is designed to publish models which do not fit in one of the preceding categories, but nevertheless present enough scientific interest to be published in our journal.
Visit the instructions to authors relative to original articles .
M3 also publishes 3D datasets (3D surfaces, CT scan / MRI data). The owners of a 3D dataset may want or need to give public access to their data for different reasons: