Rib kinematics during lung ventilation in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis): an XROMM analysis

@inproceedings{Brocklehurst2017RibKD,
  title={Rib kinematics during lung ventilation in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis): an XROMM analysis},
  author={Robert J Brocklehurst and Sabine Moritz and Jonathan R Codd and William Irvin Sellers and Elizabeth L Brainerd},
  booktitle={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2017}
}
The current hypothesis regarding the mechanics of breathing in crocodylians is that the double-headed ribs, with both a capitulum and tuberculum, rotate about a constrained axis passing through the two articulations; moreover, this axis shifts in the caudal thoracic ribs, as the vertebral parapophysis moves from the centrum to the transverse process. Additionally, the ventral ribcage in crocodylians is thought to possess additional degrees of freedom through mobile intermediate ribs. In this… CONTINUE READING
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