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morphologika 2.5

morphologika is no longer maintained or developed. It is now replaced by the EVAN toolkit. 

morphologika version 2.5 (November 2007) is a set of integrated tools for examining size and shape variation among objects described by configurations of landmark coordinates. These tools provide for 2 and 3 dimensional visualisation of shape and shape differences. 

morphologika enables: generalised Procrustes fitting of configurations, tangent space projection, PCA of shape or size and shape, multivariate regression of shape on an independent variable, visualization of size and shape variations by warping of the mean or computation of transformation grids. It outputs all results to .csv files that can be edited for subsequent analyses using standard multivariate analysis packages

morphologika is distributed for free for non-profit use only. For other applications of this software please contact the authors.

If you use morphologika in published work and please cite it either by using the following reference which is its first published use: 

O’Higgins P and Jones N (1998) Facial growth in Cercocebus torquatus: An application of three dimensional geometric morphometric techniques to the study of morphological  variation. Journal of Anatomy. 193: 251-272

or  by refering to this web page 

O'Higgins P and Jones N (2006) Tools for statistical shape analysis. Hull York Medical School.  

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CT-scans of primate skulls

Within the framework of the EU-funded project EVAN, the Functional Morphology Unit is currently building up a CT database of human and non-human primate skulls stored in museums and research institutes in the UK. The CT-scans are uploaded to the online platform NESPOS (list of currently available specimens). For information about how to become an EVAN member to access these scans, please visit the EVANhomepage:

Archaeology Data Service open-access databases

 Alan Turner, Laura Bishop, Sarah Elton, Angela Lamb, Hannah O'Regan, Palaeoinformatic approach to the context of the earliest human dispersals. Archaeology Data Service Online,

The main objective of the project was to produce a publicly accessible database of sites to improve access to information on the Eurasian Plio-Pleistocene fossil record and to analyse these data to see if any large-scale patterns of 'out-of-Africa' faunal movement could be seen in the period 3.0-0.5 million years ago.

In order to make the information obtained in this study as widely available as possible we collaborated with the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems (ETE) group in Washington DC and the Paleobiology Database (PBD) in Santa Barbara. The ETE group have already entered many of the Plio-Pleistocene African sites into PBD, and we concentrated on Eurasian sites so that faunas from throughout the Old World could be examined as a whole. Data were collected from published faunal reports from palaeontological sites in Europe and Asia. Information such as species present, number of specimens, location and date of site were entered. More information about the fields and data entry can be found on the PBD website.

These data are publicly accessible on the web through the PBD, making the information collated available to anyone who wishes to view it. In total 815 sites, localities or levels were entered. There is a distinction between these categories, because in some cases faunal reports were a summary of a whole site, or lists were provided level by level. The finest resolution data was entered where available.


Russell Hill, Sarah Elton, Robin Dunbar, Andrea Cardini, Mandy Korstjens, Erik Willems, Anna-Ulla Jansson, Cercopithecine models for human evolution. ADS Online,

The data published here comprise 13 of the most commonly used linear measurements of the cranium (Table 1), taken on 724 guenon specimens. These include males (m) and females (f) and represent all but two of the guenon species recognised by Grubb et al. (2003; Int. J. Primatol. 24, 1301-1357). The two species that are not included are Cercopithecus dryas and C. solatus: the former was missing in museum collections and the latter was represented by a single and partly damaged specimen. The subspecific designations are those that were given in the museum records. Specific designations for potentially problematic species such as C. cambelli, which is often classified as C. mona, were verified where possible through examination of known geographic ranges. The linear measurements were derived from interlandmark distances taken with a Microscribe. Further description and illustration of the landmarks can be found in Cardini et al. (2007).

Each specimen is identified by the museum from which it was derived (see Table 2 below for the key to acronyms) and its museum accession / catalogue number. Where possible, the record for each specimen includes spatial information (longitude and latitude in decimal degrees), based on the provenance given in museum records.