Techniques for Virtual Palaeontology

Mark D. Sutton, Imran A. Rahman, Russell J. Garwood

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Virtual palaeontology, the use of interactive three-dimensional digital models as a supplement or alternative to physical specimens for scientific study and communication, is rapidly becoming important to advanced students and researchers. Using non-invasive techniques, the method allows the capture of large quantities of useful data without damaging the fossils being studied

Techniques for Virtual Palaeontology guides palaeontologists through the decisions involved in designing a virtual palaeontology workflow and gives a comprehensive overview, providing discussions of underlying theory, applications, historical development, details of practical methodologies, and case studies. Techniques covered include physical-optical tomography (serial sectioning), focused ion beam tomography, all forms of X-ray CT, neutron tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, optical tomography, laser scanning, and photogrammetry. Visualization techniques and data/file formats are also discussed in detail.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationChichester
Number of pages208
ISBN (Print)9781118591130
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

Publication series

NameNew Analytical Methods in Earth and Environmental Science


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