Testing hypotheses of bat baculum function with 3D models derived from microCT.

@article{Herdina2015TestingHO,
  title={Testing hypotheses of bat baculum function with 3D models derived from microCT.},
  author={Anna Nele Herdina and Diane A. Kelly and Helena Jahelkov{\'a} and Peter H.C. Lina and Ivan Hor{\'a}{\vc}ek and Brian D Metscher},
  journal={Journal of anatomy},
  year={2015},
  volume={226 3},
  pages={
          229-35
        }
}
The baculum (os penis) has been extensively studied as a taxon-specific character in bats and other mammals but its mechanical function is still unclear. There is a wide consensus in the literature that the baculum is probably a sexually selected character. Using a novel approach combining postmortem manipulation and three-dimensional (3D) imaging, we tested two functional hypotheses in the common noctule bat Nyctalus noctula, the common pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus, and Nathusius… CONTINUE READING
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