This is why you should digitize your fossils!

There’s a must-read post over at Anole Annals, describing micro CT of a specimen preserved in amber. Emma Sherratt also scanned a bunch of other specimens – and who’d-have-thunk-it? there’s skin impressions in the 3D shape of the whole soft tissues in the amber! Here’s the pic she posted:

Also check out that ant! WOW!

So why should we scan stuff that is currently rotting undisturbed in collections? Because you never know what you are going to find!

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About Heinrich Mallison

I'm a dinosaur biomech guy working at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
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3 Responses to This is why you should digitize your fossils!

  1. Em Sherratt says:

    Vielen Dank Heinrich, I’m glad you enjoyed my post! My sentiments exactly – I’m all for museum collections being used to their fullest potential.

    You might be interested in this work: http://www.russell.ultimatemetal.com/research.htm
    The website of my friend and collaborator Russell Garwood, who CT scans boring looking rocks and recreates the most amazing 3D models of ancient invertebrates!

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