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3D Printing and CT Scanning Lead to New Discoveries About Ancient Fish

3D Printing and CT Scanning Lead to New Discoveries About Ancient Fish

The study of evolution is an ongoing one, and is rather like a jigsaw puzzle. Scientists are constantly discovering how new pieces fit into the map that shows how creatures from Earth’s early days gave rise to the species populating the planet today, including humans. Recently, a new piece of the puzzle was discovered, and […]

The study of evolution is an ongoing one, and is rather like a jigsaw puzzle. Scientists are constantly discovering how new pieces fit into the map that shows how creatures from Earth’s early days gave rise to the species populating the planet today, including...
Enjoy This Dead Fly Encased in a 3D Print: Is it Art, a Valuable Fossil, or Evidence of the Anthropocene Era?

Enjoy This Dead Fly Encased in a 3D Print: Is it Art, a Valuable Fossil, or Evidence of the Anthropocene Era?

Are you one of those people who swats flies to their death with wild abandon, wielding the fly swatter as a lethal weapon? Many of us are serious about ridding our environment of these pests, one by one. Others bring to mind the saying ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’ and in lieu of the fly swatter […]

Are you one of those people who swats flies to their death with wild abandon, wielding the fly swatter as a lethal weapon? Many of us are serious about ridding our environment of these pests, one by one. Others bring to mind the saying ‘wouldn’t hurt a...
How University of Florida Researchers are Using 3D Printing and Digital Fossils to Improve Education

How University of Florida Researchers are Using 3D Printing and Digital Fossils to Improve Education

A recently conducted case study on the effectiveness of utilizing 3D printing technology to teach intricate subjects within science to young students showcases what researchers from the University of Florida have been working on in a National Science Foundation-funded program called iDigFossils that offers curriculum on intricate subjects such as evolution and climate change through the […]

A recently conducted case study on the effectiveness of utilizing 3D printing technology to teach intricate subjects within science to young students showcases what researchers from the University of Florida have been working on in a National Science Foundation-funded...
Should Scientists Reconsider the Romer's Gap? Paleontologist Thinks So, After 3D Scanning Reveals Ancient Tetrapod Fossil Inside a Rock

Should Scientists Reconsider the Romer's Gap? Paleontologist Thinks So, After 3D Scanning Reveals Ancient Tetrapod Fossil Inside a Rock

Most humans enjoy something that is of great importance to our place in the natural history of the world, but that you likely don’t even think about much, unless you’re trying to pick something up, play the piano, or give someone a celebratory high five. I’m talking, of course, about five fingers on each hand. […]

Most humans enjoy something that is of great importance to our place in the natural history of the world, but that you likely don’t even think about much, unless you’re trying to pick something up, play the piano, or give someone a celebratory high five....
3D Printing Furthers Studies into Dental Evolution as Australian Researchers Study Ancient Fish Fossil

3D Printing Furthers Studies into Dental Evolution as Australian Researchers Study Ancient Fish Fossil

If you are going to take a cool, relaxing dip in the ocean, it’s really best just to take your chances and not consider the many other species that are swimming and swirling around in the water beside and beneath you. While you might be worrying about stepping on a stingray, getting stung by a […]

If you are going to take a cool, relaxing dip in the ocean, it’s really best just to take your chances and not consider the many other species that are swimming and swirling around in the water beside and beneath you. While you might be worrying about stepping on a...
How Did Lucy Really Die? Discussion Heats Up as Researchers Worldwide 3D Print Her Bones

How Did Lucy Really Die? Discussion Heats Up as Researchers Worldwide 3D Print Her Bones

I find the story of Lucy, the famous Australopithecus afarensis found in Ethiopia in 1974, to be utterly fascinating, as does most of the rest of the world. It would seem that many of us imagine her as a spunky precursor to humans as we know them now, perhaps losing her life eventually as she […]

I find the story of Lucy, the famous Australopithecus afarensis found in Ethiopia in 1974, to be utterly fascinating, as does most of the rest of the world. It would seem that many of us imagine her as a spunky precursor to humans as we know them now, perhaps losing...
3D Technology Helps Democratize Science as CMU Studies 3D Printed Homo Nadeli Fossils

3D Technology Helps Democratize Science as CMU Studies 3D Printed Homo Nadeli Fossils

While millennials may be a study in the modern human species all on their own, when it comes to their role in science today, it’s one of taking initiative and strides—as we see now in another project emerging from Central Michigan University. Today the younger generations are eschewing numerous things many of us consider traditional […]

While millennials may be a study in the modern human species all on their own, when it comes to their role in science today, it’s one of taking initiative and strides—as we see now in another project emerging from Central Michigan University. Today the younger...
Italian Paleontologist Turns to Materialise to Help 3D Print Trilobite Fossils

Italian Paleontologist Turns to Materialise to Help 3D Print Trilobite Fossils

Although—in the grand scheme of things—3D printing is a relatively new technology in the eyes of humanity, that certainly doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to recreate some of the most ancient artifacts and fossils scattered throughout the Earth. Over the past year, we’ve seen 3D printing technology help recreate the oldest chameleon fossil ever […]

Although—in the grand scheme of things—3D printing is a relatively new technology in the eyes of humanity, that certainly doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to recreate some of the most ancient artifacts and fossils scattered throughout the Earth. Over the past year,...
Using 3D Printers to Unlock Secrets of Humanity's Distant Past

Using 3D Printers to Unlock Secrets of Humanity's Distant Past

In 2013, recreational cavers Rick Hunter and Steven Tucker decided to squeeze themselves through an 8″ vertical chute for a distance of nearly 40 feet in the Rising Star cave system. For their efforts, which are making me feel claustrophobic simply recounting, they were rewarded with entry into an underground ‘room’ that contained an extraordinary number […]

In 2013, recreational cavers Rick Hunter and Steven Tucker decided to squeeze themselves through an 8″ vertical chute for a distance of nearly 40 feet in the Rising Star cave system. For their efforts, which are making me feel claustrophobic simply recounting,...
3D Scanning and 3D Printing Help Bring 122-Foot Titanosaur Fossil Replica to Life

3D Scanning and 3D Printing Help Bring 122-Foot Titanosaur Fossil Replica to Life

Back in 2014 a farmer in Argentina found what looked like fossilized dinosaur bones, so he contacted the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio. They sent out researchers to examine the find, but it wasn’t until paleontologist Diego Pol and the rest of the team started digging that they knew exactly what they had found. The […]

Back in 2014 a farmer in Argentina found what looked like fossilized dinosaur bones, so he contacted the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio. They sent out researchers to examine the find, but it wasn’t until paleontologist Diego Pol and the rest of the team...
Showcasing the Beauty of a Trilobite through 3D Printing

Showcasing the Beauty of a Trilobite through 3D Printing

Alas, the humble trilobite will probably never star in its own Saturday morning cartoon or make it into next year’s lineup of Beanie Babies, mostly because it is distinctly unhuggable. It has a much greater chance of gaining popular recognition in the role as some sort of space creature that causes Sigourney Weaver to become […]

Alas, the humble trilobite will probably never star in its own Saturday morning cartoon or make it into next year’s lineup of Beanie Babies, mostly because it is distinctly unhuggable. It has a much greater chance of gaining popular recognition in the role as...
Oxford Researcher Makes a Tiny Fossil a Lot Bigger Thanks to 3D Printing

Oxford Researcher Makes a Tiny Fossil a Lot Bigger Thanks to 3D Printing

New species are being discovered all the time. Some are alive today, and some have been extinct for millennia, their existence only being documented long after they are gone. It’s not often, however, that the vast catalog of animal and plant species diminishes based on new information. Dr. Roger Close, a postdoctoral research associate and vertebrate […]

New species are being discovered all the time. Some are alive today, and some have been extinct for millennia, their existence only being documented long after they are gone. It’s not often, however, that the vast catalog of animal and plant species diminishes...
3D Print Your Own Fossils Thanks to MorphoSource

3D Print Your Own Fossils Thanks to MorphoSource

In 2013, a group of paleoanthropologists led by Lee Berger embarked on a three-week exploration of a South African cave. Known as the Rising Star Expedition, the exploration resulted in some groundbreaking discoveries, most notably the discovery of bones belonging to previously unknown human ancestor Homo naledi. On September 10, 2015, the discovery was officially announced, and a […]

In 2013, a group of paleoanthropologists led by Lee Berger embarked on a three-week exploration of a South African cave. Known as the Rising Star Expedition, the exploration resulted in some groundbreaking discoveries, most notably the discovery of bones belonging to...
Autodesk & Dr. Louise Leakey Share 3.3-Million-Year-Old Stone Tools with the World via 3D Printing

Autodesk & Dr. Louise Leakey Share 3.3-Million-Year-Old Stone Tools with the World via 3D Printing

The increasingly more sophisticated tools that allow us to progress scientifically and technologically, that assist us in moving more confidently into the future, also provide us with methods for uncovering and preserving the past, including the distant past. 3D digital technology and 3D printing have been indispensable in this regard and are now being used […]

The increasingly more sophisticated tools that allow us to progress scientifically and technologically, that assist us in moving more confidently into the future, also provide us with methods for uncovering and preserving the past, including the distant past. 3D...
PaleoPrint 3D Fossil Printing Looking for a Kickstarter Push

PaleoPrint 3D Fossil Printing Looking for a Kickstarter Push

Paleontology, the study of what fossils can tell us about the ecology of the past and about evolution, now incorporates facets of biology, geology, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, and computer science. It’s dedicated to helping us understand the origination — and eventual destruction — of organisms dating back to the beginning of life on Earth. Now Alex Clarke, […]

Paleontology, the study of what fossils can tell us about the ecology of the past and about evolution, now incorporates facets of biology, geology, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, and computer science. It’s dedicated to helping us understand the origination...
Making Discoveries about Human Evolution Using 3D Technology

Making Discoveries about Human Evolution Using 3D Technology

It has already been demonstrated numerous times that 3D printing replicas of delicate or rare artifacts and fossils is an excellent way of sharing them with students and conveying the sum of human knowledge about them in a more concrete, tactile way. What is less often realized is that there is new knowledge being created […]

It has already been demonstrated numerous times that 3D printing replicas of delicate or rare artifacts and fossils is an excellent way of sharing them with students and conveying the sum of human knowledge about them in a more concrete, tactile way. What is less...
Reconstructing a Newly Discovered Extinct Species of Crocodilian Using 3D Printing & Scanning

Reconstructing a Newly Discovered Extinct Species of Crocodilian Using 3D Printing & Scanning

First appearing over 83 million years ago, were a species of large, predatorial reptiles now known as crocodilians, with their tough skins, sharp teeth and extremely strong jaws. Today, there are around two dozen different species of crocodilians on Earth, most of which are commonly known and referred to as either alligators or crocodiles. These […]

First appearing over 83 million years ago, were a species of large, predatorial reptiles now known as crocodilians, with their tough skins, sharp teeth and extremely strong jaws. Today, there are around two dozen different species of crocodilians on Earth, most of...
Giant 3D Printed Whale Fossil Now On Display At The Smithsonian

Giant 3D Printed Whale Fossil Now On Display At The Smithsonian

The National Museum of Natural History now has the 3D-printed fossil of a whale on display. 3D Systems is working in partnership with the Smithsonian in order to bring fossils to the 21st Century by 3D-printing more than 20 artifacts in order to show them to visitors in the exact same way that they were […]

The National Museum of Natural History now has the 3D-printed fossil of a whale on display. 3D Systems is working in partnership with the Smithsonian in order to bring fossils to the 21st Century by 3D-printing more than 20 artifacts in order to show them to visitors...