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Endomaker, a new algorithm for fully automatic extraction of cranial endocasts and the calculation of their volumes

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  • Antonio Profico
  • Costantino Buzi
  • Marina Melchionna
  • Alessio Veneziano
  • Pasquale Raia


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JournalAmerican journal of physical anthropology
DateAccepted/In press - 26 Feb 2020
DateE-pub ahead of print - 18 Mar 2020
DatePublished (current) - 26 Jun 2020
Issue number3
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)511-515
Early online date18/03/20
Original languageEnglish


Objectives: Reproducing cranial endocasts is a major goal of researchers interested in vertebrate brain evolution. We present a new R software, named endomaker, which allows the automatic extraction of endocasts from skull meshes along with the calculation of its volume. Materials and methods: We applied endomaker on non-primate and primate skulls including the Australopithecus africanus specimen Sts-5. Results: We proved endomaker is faster, more feature-rich and possibly more accurate than competing software. Discussion: Endomaker is the only available program endowed with the possibility to process an entire mesh directory straight away, promising to expand the scope and phylogenetic breadth of comparative studies of brain evolution.

    Research areas

  • Arothron, endocast, endocranial volume, fossils, virtual anthropology

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