Minimum convex hull mass estimations of complete mounted skeletons.

  title={Minimum convex hull mass estimations of complete mounted skeletons.},
  author={William Irvin Sellers and J Hepworth-Bell and Peter L Falkingham and Karl T Bates and Charlotte A Brassey and Victoria M. Egerton and Phillip Lars Manning},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={8 5},
Body mass is a critical parameter used to constrain biomechanical and physiological traits of organisms. Volumetric methods are becoming more common as techniques for estimating the body masses of fossil vertebrates. However, they are often accused of excessive subjective input when estimating the thickness of missing soft tissue. Here, we demonstrate an alternative approach where a minimum convex hull is derived mathematically from the point cloud generated by laser-scanning mounted skeletons… CONTINUE READING
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