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VertFigure - generate schematic illustrations of vertebral columns

Copyright 2013-2014 Mike Taylor mike@miketaylor.org.uk

Licensed under the Gnu General Public Licence v3.0

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This project contains VertFigure, a program for generating schematic illustrations of vertebral columns, visually similar to that of Wedel (2009:supplementary figure 1). It was first written to make Wedel and Taylor (2013a: figure 9) and then re-used to make Wedel and Taylor (2013b: figure 2).

Input is in the VCD (Vertebral Column Description) format, which is defined for the first time in this project (but not yet documented). Two such inputs (the ones we used for the 2013 papers) are bifurcation.vcd and pbj.vcd, and can be found in the examples area.

These files are translated into SVG by the bin/VertFigure script. This is written in Perl, using the SVG library.

References

Wedel, Mathew J. 2009. Evidence for bird-like air sacs in saurischian dinosaurs. Journal of Experimental Zoology 311A:611-628. http://sauroposeidon.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/wedel-2009-air-sacs.pdf

Wedel, Mathew J., and Michael P. Taylor. 2013a. Neural spine bifurcation in sauropod dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation: ontogenetic and phylogenetic implications. PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 10(1):1-34. http://www.palarch.nl/wp-content/Wedel-and-Taylor-2013-Neural-spine-bifurcation-in-sauropod-dinosaurs-PJVP-10-11.pdf

Wedel, Mathew J., and Michael P. Taylor 2013b. Caudal pneumaticity and pneumatic hiatuses in the sauropod dinosaurs Giraffatitan and Apatosaurus. PLOS ONE 8(10):e78213. 14 pages. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078213 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0078213