3D printed fossils of dinosaurs
Technology has evolved by leaps and bounds and affected everything around but Paleontology is one such aspect that has been using the conventional tools and technology ever since its evolution. Paleontologists still use shovels, pickaxes, burlap and plasters. However, Paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara from Drexel University is collaborating with Dr. James to introduce the concept of 3D printing in paleontology.
The team at the university is using the 3D scans of fossils and printing 3D replicas of the dinosaurs fossils. The scientists are also pairing these 3D printed fossils with robotics and are researching on the life and traits of dinosaurs.
Additionally, the researchers say that these replicas can also be used in museums for displaying, as teaching aids along with various other uses. The researchers are working with an aim to complete 3D robotic dinosaur limb with muscles, post which, a full robotic dinosaur will be fabricated.
Let’s see how will be the final outcome of these joint efforts of paleontologists at Drexel University.