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Virtual and augmented reality: New tools for visualizing, analyzing, and communicating complex morphology.

Cieri, RL, Turner, ML, Carney, RM, Falkingham, PL, Kirk, AM, Wang, T, Jensen, B, Novotny, J, Tveite, J, Gatesy, SM, Laidlaw, DH, Kaplan, H, Moorman, AFM, Howell, M, Engel, B, Cruz, C, Smith, A, Gerichs, W, Lian, Y, Schultz, JT and Farmer, CG (2021) Virtual and augmented reality: New tools for visualizing, analyzing, and communicating complex morphology. Journal of Morphology. ISSN 1097-4687

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Abstract

Virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) are new technologies with the power to revolutionize the study of morphology. Modern imaging approaches such as computed tomography, laser scanning, and photogrammetry have opened up a new digital world, enabling researchers to share and analyze morphological data electronically and in great detail. Because this digital data exists on a computer screen, however, it can remain difficult to understand and unintuitive to interact with. VR/AR technologies bridge the analog-to-digital divide by presenting 3D data to users in a very similar way to how they would interact with actual anatomy, while also providing a more immersive experience and greater possibilities for exploration. This manuscript describes VR/AR hardware, software, and techniques, and is designed to give practicing morphologists and educators a primer on using these technologies in their research, pedagogy, and communication to a wide variety of audiences. We also include a series of case studies from the presentations and workshop given at the 2019 International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, and suggest best practices for the use of VR/AR in comparative morphology.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cieri, R. L., Turner, M. L., Carney, R. M., Falkingham, P. L., Kirk, A. M., Wang, T., Jensen, B., Novotny, J., Tveite, J., Gatesy, S. M., Laidlaw, D. H., Kaplan, H., Moorman, A. F. M., Howell, M., Engel, B., Cruz, C., Smith, A., Gerichs, W., Lian, Y., … Farmer, C. G. (2021). Virtual and augmented reality: New tools for visualizing, analyzing, and communicating complex morphology. Journal of Morphology, 1– 16. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.21421, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmor.21421. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0606 Physiology, 0608 Zoology
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Wiley
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Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2021 10:43
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 10:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1002/jmor.21421
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15776

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