Maria Eugenia Leone Gold

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The phylogenetic position of the Indian gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is disputed--morphological characters place Gavialis as the sister to all other extant crocodylians, whereas molecular and combined analyses find Gavialis and the false gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii) to be sister taxa. Geometric morphometric techniques have only begun to be applied to(More)
without whose constant love and support I would have lost my mind long ago iii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I am thankful for the guidance of my advisor, Chris Brochu, and committee members Jonathan Adrain and Justin Sipla. The Department of Geosciences at the University of Iowa helped fund this project, as did the Littlefield Foundation and Tim Rowe. I thank Yale(More)
Birds have evolved behavioral and morphological adaptations for powered flight. Many aspects of this transition are unknown, including the neuroanatomical changes that made flight possible [1]. To understand how the avian brain drives this complex behavior, we utilized positron emission tomography (PET) scanning and the tracer (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)(More)
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