Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Virtual Harvestmen

Compare this sublime artist's impression of Harvestmen (Ameticos scolos and Macrogyion cronos) with the "art" tosh in the next post down or CLICK. You might spot a descendant of one of these in your garden or perhaps even your house. They have been wandering around for 300 million years! Dr Russell Garwood, currently based at London's Natural History Museum, put harvestmen fossils from the Carboniferous Period into a computed tomography (CT) scanner, which generates 3D models of objects from a series of 2D X-ray images. More than 3,000 images of these two specimens were generated. Click the title link to view these "virtual harvestmen" which were extracted from fossils.


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