Author Archives: Heinrich Mallison

About Heinrich Mallison

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

Theropod Thursday 52: pulling a leg! Erhm….rather: pulling a tail!

Hungry I am. An aardwolf (Proteles cristata), too. A hungry aardwolf. Yep, that’s it. A hungry aardwolf. Now get me my food. Now! This is the elusive critter that David Hone, my esteemed colleague with plenty of zoo experience, and … Continue reading

Posted in Aves, Dinosauria, Mammal pic, Mammalia, Maniraptora, Theropoda, Zoos | 1 Comment

Photogrammetry tutorial 9: Quick and dirty!

Over the course of previous tutorials and in my paper with Oliver Wings I’ve given quite a bit of advice on how to photogrammetrize objects properly. Today, I’ll address the other end of the spectrum: how to approach photogrammetry unprepared … Continue reading

Posted in AMNH, Digitizing, Dinopics, Dinosauria, How to, photogrammetry, Theropoda, Tyrannosauridae, Tyrannosaurus | 5 Comments

Photogrammetry tutorial 8: scaling “with hindsight”

Recently, I mentioned in passing that I took some photographs of specimens at the AMNH in New York so that I could better scale models I had calculated from photographs taken during my previous visit. Here’s how that worked out, … Continue reading

Posted in AMNH, Digitizing, Dinopics, Dinosaur models, Dinosauria, Khaan, Maniraptora, Oviraptorosauridae, photogrammetry, Theropoda | 7 Comments

Attempts at macro photography of minerals

Software for photogrammetric 3D reconstructions pretty much doesn’t care what scale the photographs are that you feed it. As long as there are pixels and EXIF data, all is fine. Without EXIF it requires a bit of fiddling; see for … Continue reading

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Absurd Addendum to Gut Check

Yesterday, I posted some pictures that I took with a fisheye lens. As mentioned, one has to be hellishly careful not to get into the picture by accident. Well, I mentioned lying down on the floor……. Note the camera under … Continue reading

Posted in FUN!!!, photography | 2 Comments

Sauropod gut check

In the past I have posted a few times on unusual perspectives of our MfN dinosaurs, especially the big sauropods Giraffatitan (ex Brachiosaurus), Diplodocus and Dicraeosaurus. There’s one view that I didn’t write much about before, and I won’t write … Continue reading

Posted in Dicraeosaurus, Dinopics, Dinosauria, Diplodocus, Giraffatitan, MfN Berlin, photography, Sauropoda, Sauropodomorpha | 10 Comments

AMNH Feb 2015

A short while ago I paid a rather unexpected and sudden visit to the AMNH in New York. American Museum of Natural History – that name stands for one of the greatest museums in the world, and it has much … Continue reading

Posted in AMNH, Digitizing, Dinopics, Dinosauria, Khaan, Maniraptora, Oviraptorosauridae, photogrammetry, photography, Theropoda, Travels, Tyrannosauridae, Tyrannosaurus | 11 Comments