The Visible Interactive Ostrich.
This page presents our work on the 3D anatomical
structure of the head and skull of the ostrich,
Struthio camelus. These resources are
outgrowths of our more technical work and are intended to serve
as STEM educational aids for K-12 and undergraduate students, as
well as for researchers. WitmerLab has been working on ostrich
cephalic anatomy for many years, and work on this site draws
from the efforts of many lab members, most recently
William Porter, Cheyenne Romick,
Ashley Morhardt, and
CT scanning was done at both the
OUµCT facility and
Memorial Hospital. Segmentation of anatomical structures was
done using Amira and Avizo, 3D PDFs were generated using Deep
Exploration and Adobe Acrobat, and movies were made using
QuickTime or Adobe Premiere.
here include a two-month-old ostrich (OUVC 10519) that has been
the focus of more recent efforts as well as an adult specimen
(OUVC 10491) that was published in a 2008 Witmer & Ridgely article in the Anatomical Record.
our other Visible Interactive Anatomy sites!
3D PDFs allow anyone with even the free Acrobat
Reader to interactively manipulate the 3D models that we
generate with powerful software like Avizo. The skull
and individual bones can be spun around, isolated, made
transparent, hidden, etc. The files can even be saved to
your local computer. We provide each 3D PDF in different resolutions and files sizes to match your
interest and the power of your computer.
View our mini-tutorial. NOTE: Bugs in many popular browsers prevent running
3D PDFs in a browser window, so you may need to save it to your
system and then launch it in Reader or Acrobat.
This website provides supplementary information as an
adjunct to the published paper. Witmer, with the skilled
Ryan Ridgely, is responsible for
the content of the website. Content provided here is for
educational and research purposes only, and may not be used for
any commercial purpose without the permission of
L. M. Witmer and other