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Korn D.,Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin | Bockwinkel J.,Dechant Feinstrasse 22
Fossil Record | Year: 2010

The ammonoids from the Teguentour Shales (Tournaisian, Early Carboniferous) of Oued Temertasset (Mouydir, Algeria) are described monographically. The following new ammonoid taxa are introduced: Imitoceras dimidium n. sp., Imitoceras strictum n. sp., Triimitoceras tantulum n. sp., Acrocanites disparilis n. sp., Jdaidites cultellus n. sp., Pericyclus tortuosus n. sp., Pericyclus circulus n. sp., Pericyclus trochus n. sp., Pericyclus intercisus n. sp., Nodopericyclus n. gen., Nodopericyclus circumnodosus n. sp., Nodopericyclus deficerus n. sp., Ammonellipsites serus n. sp., Helicocyclus formosus n. sp., Helicocyclus inornatus n. sp., Helicocyclus laxaris n. sp., Ouaoufilalites creber n. sp., family Temertassetiidae n. fam., Temertassetia n. gen., Temertassetia temertassetensis n. sp., Temertassetia secunda n. sp., Temertassetia decorata n. sp., Temertassetia coarta n. sp., Jerania n. gen., Jerania jeranensis n. sp., Jerania sicilicula n. sp., Jerania pusillens n. sp., Jerania subvexa n. sp., Jerania persimilis n. sp., Kusinia n. gen., Kusinia falcifera n. sp., Bouhamedites insalahensis n. sp., Muensteroceras subparallelum n. sp., Muensteroceras multitudum n. sp., Follotites n. gen., Follotites folloti n. sp., Follotites stelus n. sp., Follotites flexus n. sp., family Rotopericyclidae n. fam., Eurites permutus n. sp., Eurites doliaris n. sp., Mouydiria n. gen., Mouydiria mouydirensis n. sp., Mouydiria scutula n. sp., Rotopericyclus kaufmanni n. sp., Rotopericyclus rathi n. sp., Rotopericyclus wendti n. sp., Rotopericyclus lubesederi n. sp., subfamily Dzhaprakoceratinae n. subfam., Dzhaprakoceras punctum n. sp., Dzhaprakoceras amplum n. sp., Dzhaprakoceras vergum n. sp., Dzhaprakoceras biconvexum n. sp., Progoniatitinae n. subfam., Progoniatites uncus n. sp., Progoniatites pilus n. sp., Progoniatites paenacutus n. sp., Progoniatites globulus n. sp., Habadraitinae n. subfam., Habadraites n. gen., Habadraites weyeri n. sp., Habadraites supralatus n. sp., Primogoniatites n. gen., Primogoniatites fundator n. sp., Antegoniatitinae n. subfam., Antegoniatites n. gen., and Antegoniatites anticiparis n. sp., The ammonoids occur in three successive assemblages and are the richest ammonoid faunas of the time interval worldwide. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Korn D.,Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin
Fossil Record | Year: 2010

A key for the description of Palaeozoic ammonoids is presented. It contains a catalogue of descriptive terms to characterise conch morphology, ornament, and suture line particularly of Carboniferous ammonoids. A number of examples of tables and illustrations are given for the description of conch characters, their ontogeny and intraspecific variability. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Nadim T.,Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin
Science as Culture | Year: 2016

What actually happens inside genetic databases, how do they work upon data and who does this work? While they have become central tools for doing science, not much is known about the work that goes on inside these vital infrastructures. Ethnographic explorations of two of the world’s largest nucleotide sequence databases, GenBank and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s EMBL-Bank, reveal manifold goings-on. Like most infrastructural work, it is modest and invisible routines that build and maintain the vast interconnected suite of bioinformational resources. Data curators construct organisms out of sulphuric sludge, dataflow engineers as self-styled “genetic information plumbers” keep the data deluge flowing, and a data submissions support assistant manages to make room for care amidst this deluge. Taken together, these data labours render tangible the modest and processual aspects of data infrastructure while also revealing the databases to be situated and lively spaces of convergence. Inventively analysing data labours paves surprising ways for encountering and making sense of databases, data and the work they do. Here, practices of natural history, like specimen-making and curation, are continued by other means while the assembly of sludge sheds light on the absences and deletions which mystify infrastructural maintenance work. © 2016 Process Press

Maxwell E.E.,Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin | Dececchi T.A.,McGill University
Paleobiology | Year: 2012

Understanding morphological integration is one of the central goals of evolutionary developmental biology. Despite its applicability to questions of paleontological interest, there are few studies on integration in fossil vertebrates. In this study, we examine limb integration in the Lower Jurassic ichthyosaur Stenopterygius quadriscissus, with the aim of examining the effect of ontogeny and anagenetic changes over short geological time spans on metrics of limb integration. Both ontogenetic and stratigraphic effects had a significant influence on measured values of integration, the identity of strongly integrated elements, and some common ratio values such as the relative integration of the forelimb to the hind limb, or within-limb to between-limb integration. Ontogenetic effects were relatively greater, although this could be linked to sample size. Although adults showed the lowest levels of overall integration, they possessed high levels of integration between serially homologous elements, something that was unexpected due to strong divergence in limb size and perhaps functional differences in derived ichthyosaurs. Ontogenetic differences in the relative integration of the forelimb to the hind limb are probably related to early locomotor demands on the forelimb. We conclude that if samples are pooled, the resulting pattern of integration may not reflect any one subsample but will be a composite created through the superposition of several variables. Pooling data in paleontological studies of integration has a non-trivial effect on the results obtained. © 2013 The Paleontological Society. All rights reserved.

Neuhaus B.,Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin | Sorensen M.V.,Universitetsparken 15
Zoologischer Anzeiger | Year: 2013

Altogether, 103 adult and 23 juvenile specimens of Campyloderes from 33 locations both in the deep sea and on the continental shelf all over the world were studied by light microscopy (97 specimens) and scanning electron microscopy (28 specimens). Especially from the Faroe Island, the Central American East Pacific Ocean and from the area east and northeast of New Zealand, enough specimens are available to study the regional variation of characters. Specimens both from these regional areas and worldwide reveal a significant morphological variation, especially in the distribution of sensory spots, gland cell outlets, and papillae, whereas characters conventionally used for species identification, such as spine pattern do not vary much. Overlapping character patterns do not allow identification of different species and to discriminate the current populations from previously described species. We conclude that the morphological variation results from ongoing species formation processes. We also report observations that two adult life history stages may exist in Campyloderes. The character set in the ground pattern of Campyloderes is presented. © 2012 Elsevier GmbH.

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