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3D fossil printing
This sounds very cool. I'd love to have some early homninid printings.
I wonder how detailed this can get
3D print a fossil with virtual palaeontology
SERGIO AZEVEDO was prospecting at an old railroad site in So Paulo state,
Brazil, when he discovered the fossilised bones of an unknown animal.
"Many times when you find a fossil in the field it's impossible to
determine how much of the ancient animal you have," he says. "Sometimes
you have just part of a bone or a tooth." Azevedo has a solution to this
perennial problem, which also acts as a safety net in case a stray hammer
blow destroys an ancient fossil during excavation. Just scan it and print
His team at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio used a portable CT
scanner to determine the orientation of the specimen in the ground, then
they cut out a large section of rock to take back to the lab. There the
encased fossil was probed using a more powerful scanner - and a 3D replica
printed out in resin.