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SVP 76TH ANNUAL MEETING Abstracts part 1 (1 Viewer)

Fred Ruhe

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The abstracts of the 76th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology held on October 26-29, 2016 are available on http://vertpaleo.org/Annual-Meeting/Annual-Meeting-Home/SVP-2016-Program-Book-v6-with-covers.aspx

Some abstracts interesting for bird lovers:


CAGGIANO, Emily G., Ohio University, Athens, OH, United States of America; WITMER, Lawrence M., Ohio Univ, Athens, OH, United States of America
The kidneys of extant sauropsids (birds, crocodylians, turtles, lepidosaurs) tend to be less efficient at removing excess salt from the blood than are those of mammals, and consequently, sites of extrarenal salt excretion are common in sauropsids. In birds, the nasal gland is involved with concentrating and excreting salt from the blood. In many marine birds (e.g., charadriiforms, procellariiforms), the nasal gland is hypertrophied and occupies a supraorbital position, but other positions are known in birds, such as within the orbit (e.g., suliforms). The basic physiology of avian nasal salt glands was been wellunderstood for generations, but the detailed anatomy, particularly with regard to its osteology, is poorly documented. We present the results of our preliminary survey of nasal gland structure in birds to better resolve the osteological correlates of the gland, its ducts, and its vascular supply. The resulting osteological correlates allow a more rigorous and informed assessment of the presence, position, and size of the nasal gland in extinct birds, potentially allowing rough assessments of salt loads and hence habitat preferences (e.g., marine vs. terrestrial). The extant studies emphasize marine and aquatic birds (e.g., albatrosses, shearwaters, gulls, gannets, cormorants, anseriforms), among others, drawing on the following anatomical approaches: (1) gross dissection, (2) diceCT (iodine enhanced microCT), and (3) radio-opaque vascular injection followed by microCT. These studies allow not only detailed information about the relevant soft tissues and their osteological correlates, but also permit quantification of gland volumes and other metrics for comparative analysis. These extant studies shed new light on the interpretation of the nasal glands of extinct birds. Study of original fossil material and microCT scan data provide more refined information on the nasal glands of the Cretaceous marine toothed birds Hesperornis and Ichthyornis. The flightless diver Hesperornis had enormous nasal glands, suggesting that it was forced to drink seawater exclusively, whereas the volant and hence more vagile Ichthyornis had smaller salt glands, suggesting that it perhaps also had access to fresh water sources. The Paleogene anseriform bird Presbyornis, typically regarded as aquatic, also was sampled and provides new evidence for a more modest nasal salt gland. These findings may have bearing on more distantly related aquatic and marine archosaurs, such as pterosaurs.

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ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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