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The songbird syrinx morphome: a three-dimensional, high-resolution, interactive morphological map of the zebra finch vocal organ

Daniel N Düring1, Alexander Ziegler2, Christopher K Thompson13, Andreas Ziegler4, Cornelius Faber5, Johannes Müller6, Constance Scharff1 and Coen PH Elemans7*

Author Affiliations

1 Verhaltensbiologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Takustrasse 6, 14195 Berlin, Germany

2 Museum of Comparative Zoology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

3 Current address: Department of Cell Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pine Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

4 Institut für Immungenetik, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Thielallee 73, 14195 Berlin, Germany

5 Institut für Klinische Radiologie, Universitätsklinikum Münster, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, 48149 Münster, Germany

6 Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions und Biodiversitätsforschung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany

7 Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense, Denmark

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BMC Biology 2013, 11:1  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-11-1

Published: 8 January 2013

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Additional file 1:

Syringeal skeleton of the male and female zebra finch syrinx (interactive 3D PDF). This 3D PDF figure can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader version 9 or higher (http://www.adobe.com webcite). Click on the figure to activate the 3D features. Tyzack [121] provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of interactive 3D PDF files, while Kumar and colleagues [69,122] provide instructions on how to create interactive 3D PDF files.

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Zebra finch male syrinx morphome (interactive 3D PDF). This 3D PDF figure can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader version 9 or higher (http://www.adobe.com webcite). Click on the figure to activate the 3D features. Tyzack [121] provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of interactive 3D PDF files, while Kumar and colleagues [69,122] provide instructions on how to create interactive 3D PDF files. To keep the PDF size of the morphome manageable, the size of the model had to be reduced. Therefore, very thin parts such as muscle insertions and the ends of muscles do not always appear to be correctly placed. Please refer to text and figures for exact descriptions.

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