René Hoffmann

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ProSAT (for Protein Structure Annotation Tool) is a tool to facilitate interactive visualization of non-structure-based functional annotations in protein 3D structures. It performs automated mapping of the functional annotations onto the protein structure and allows functional sites to be readily identified upon visualization. The current version of ProSAT(More)
The Ammonoidea is a group of extinct cephalopods ideal to study evolution through deep time. The evolution of the planispiral shell and complexly folded septa in ammonoids has been thought to have increased the functional surface area of the chambers permitting enhanced metabolic functions such as: chamber emptying, rate of mineralization and increased(More)
The evolution of complexly folded septa in ammonoids has long been a controversial topic. Explanations of the function of these folded septa can be divided into physiological and mechanical hypotheses with the mechanical functions tending to find widespread support. The complexity of the cephalopod shell has made it difficult to directly test the mechanical(More)
Fossil ticks are extremely rare and Ixodes succineus Weidner, 1964 from Eocene (ca. 44–49 Ma) Baltic amber is one of the oldest examples of a living hard tick genus (Ixodida: Ixodidae). Previous work suggested it was most closely related to the modern and widespread European sheep tick Ixodes ricinus (Linneaus, 1758). Restudy using phase contrast(More)
Wax apples, life flowers and hummingbird: limitations in the creation of digital 3D images for specimens. Cracking the secrets of the Omphalosaurus dentition: A multi-methodology approach using photogrammetry, micro-CT, SEM, and polarized light microscopy .. (POSTER) Material and structural characterization of mineralized elasmobranch cartilage – lessons in(More)
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