ASSESSING OLD AND NEW DATA TO DIGITALLY RECONSTRUCT MORPHOLOGY
Acetate peels were created in the 1960s by A. Breimer and are reposited at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, Netherlands. Methodology to reconstruct the internal anatomy from scanned acetate peels was developed by collaborators at Appalachian State University and requires a program to render vectors into 3-D; in this study, we use Rhinoceros. For our synchrotron data, the internal anatomy was reconstructed using SPIERS. Here, the same species is reconstructed with each method to assess the major similarities and differences between the internal anatomical models. While both methods provided similar anatomical models, primary differences lie within the automatically generated external model with the synchrotron dataset. Additionally, both methods were time-consuming, however, reconstruction via SPIERS proved to be more time-efficient than the manual tracing and 3-D rendering in Rhinoceros.