Author Archives: Heinrich Mallison

About Heinrich Mallison

I'm a dinosaur biomech guy working at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

Photogrammetry with a macro lens

So far, most of my photogrammetry efforts have dealt with specimens in the several centimetre to meter range. Bones, skulls, entire skeletons. The smallest models I created were of ammonites – more on that currently on-hold project later – with … Continue reading

Posted in 3D modeling, Conferences, DigitalSpecimen 2014, Digitizing, photogrammetry, photography, plants, raves | 1 Comment

How to easily de-conflict event timings for conferences

Today’s topic has nothing to do with dinosaurs, but it is something some of you may encounter every once in a while. Let’s say you’re planning a conference with many events – talk sessions, poster sessions, workshops, whatnot. Obviously, you’ll … Continue reading

Posted in Conferences, DigitalSpecimen 2014, How to, non-palaeo | 1 Comment

A digital dino bone

This post is a re-blog, or more accurately the English translation re-blog (with minor alterations to adapt it to pre-existing content here on dinosaurpalaeo), of a post I wrote for the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin‘s blog Museumsdinge. The title roughly … Continue reading

Posted in 3D modeling, Berlin, Conferences, DigitalSpecimen 2014, Digitizing, Dinosauria, Kentrosaurus, MfN Berlin, Ornithischa, photogrammetry, Stegosauria, SVP 2014 | 3 Comments

China 2014 part 1

My colleague Michael Pittman is a young, ambitious and smart researcher who has done some very nice work on tail stiffness in archosaurs. Now, Michael has a grant going for a project that expands on his previous work, and there … Continue reading

Posted in "Prosauropoda", Dinopics, Dinosauria, Hadrosauridae, IVPP, Ornithischa, Sauropodomorpha, Theropoda, Travels | Leave a comment

A wonderful Plateosaurus drawing

Currently, I am horribly busy and thus not able to blog much. But here I have something that I must show you, now that I have finally managed to scan it. click for larger size Last fall I received this … Continue reading

Posted in "Prosauropoda", Dinopics, Dinosauria, Plateosaurus, Sauropodomorpha | 4 Comments

Photogrammetry tutorial 6: building a model from the photos

We’ve been through the details on how to take photos for photogrammetry (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), now it is time to talk about the next step: how to actually get a program to build a model for you. … Continue reading

Posted in Digitizing, photogrammetry | 1 Comment

Adolf “Dolf” Seilacher, the Grand Old Man of trace fossil analysis, has died

Last week, one of (or arguably the) greatest palaeoichnologist, Adolf Seilacher, died at the age of 89. I met him only rarely, and had little professional interaction with him, but that little makes me mourn his death more than I … Continue reading

Posted in ichnofossil, Palaeoart, sad news, Tübingen | 5 Comments

Taylor & Franics misrepresents DFG guidelines on Open Access – an innocent error?

Thursday, April 17, 2014, I received an email from Vicky Gardner of Taylor&Francis (tandf.co.uk) inviting me to participate in a survey regarding Open Access Mandates. Here’s the email’s text: Dear Heinrich Mallison, Tell us what you know for a chance … Continue reading

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Photogrammetry tutorial 5: a little visual aid for you

Here’s a little video I cooked up to show the turntable photography method I described in part 3 of this series. I do not wish to part with the dough to buy the video update for WordPress, so please find … Continue reading

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Holding hands with Plateosaurus

Although I did not start my professional career in palaeontology as a dinosaur researcher, but (can you believe it?) as a palaeobotanist, the Upper Triassic basal sauropodomorph dinosaur Plateosaurus engelhardti from Central Europe has been accompanying me for a very … Continue reading

Posted in "Prosauropoda", 3D modeling, anatomy, Biomechanics, classic CAD, Digitizing, Dinopics, Dinosauria, locomotion, Navel gazing, Open Access, papers, Plateosaurus, Sauropodomorpha, Tübingen | Leave a comment