A 3D print of vertebral body created using the CT dataset
The 3D-printed vertebral body next to the original unprepared and erroneously labeled plaster jacket
Virtual 3D reconstructions of fossilized vertebral body after surrounding sediment matrix and protective plaster have been digitally removed through segmentation of CT dataset
Illustration of Plateosaurus skeleton
Axial CT scans of fossil
Access to rare fossils is limited, potentially putting a go-slow on their study, while sharing them around increases the risk of damaging them. Researchers at Berlin's Charité Campus Mitte have combined data from computed tomography (CT) scans with 3D printing technology to make it possible to print any number of accurate 3D reproductions of fossilized bones, without any adverse effect on the originals.
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