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Drexel Dino Bone
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Drexel Uni Dino 3D Print Infographic
Researchers at Drexel University are bringing the latest technological advancements in 3D printing to the study of ancient life. Using scale models of real fossils, for the first time, they will be able to test hypotheses about how dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals moved and lived in their environments.
“Technology in paleontology hasn't changed in about 150 years,” said Drexel paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. “We use shovels and pickaxes and burlap and plaster. It hasn't changed -- until right now.”
Although the exact equipment used at the likes of Drexel may not yet be freely available to use at home, there are a number of ways that the same theories can be put into practice — 3D laser scanners and 3D printers are already well within most enthusiasts budgets, so you only need to choose what you're going to replicate!
Full story at Drexel University