Web interactive exploration for osteology
Select a taxon to explore its skeleton:
To learn more about the OsteoBase project,
OsteoBase is an interactive website designed for osteological exploration, from the entire skeleton to constituting bones. The interface provides access to pictures of a collection of osteological items, organized to compare these osteological items in different taxa.
Thus OsteoBase constitutes an osteological identification tool providing two ways to navigate:
- users can either select a bone to make comparison across several taxa (navigation by osteological structures)
- or select a taxon to visualize its bones (navigation by taxon).
Taxa can be sorted by geographical zones.
One of the main originalities of OsteoBase is the navigation through the pictures: the entire osteology can be explored just by hovering and clicking on pictures, without a need to know the name of bones. OsteoBase can therefore be used as an educational tool to learn osteology to initiate users like students or biologists not specialized in this field (for instance ecologists who want to identify prey remains).
green = taxa
yellow = specimens
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Now 143 SPECIES AVAILABLE in OsteoBase!
representing 97 families and 28 orders. 8 bones are available for consultation in the skull and 5 in the post-cranial skeleton.
: Osteobase includes downloadable osteometric data for 8 species: Anguilla anguilla, Oreochromis niloticus, Sarotherodon galilaeus, Tilapia zillii, Clarias anguillaris, Bodianus diplotaenia, Lates niloticus and Lutjanus argentiventris.
To learn more about osteology, visit AcanthoWeb, the website of a research team working on acanthomorph systematics.
How to cite OsteoBase?
TERCERIE, S., BEAREZ, P., PRUVOST, P., BAILLY, N. & VIGNES-LEBBE, R. 2016. Osteobase. World Wide Web electronic publication. osteobase.mnhn.fr, version september 2016.
OsteoBase is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.