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Here’s how you can print a 200-million-years-old 3D dinosaur at your home

Print a 200-million-years-old 3D dinosaur at your home

With the development of machines and techniques science is making remarkable discoveries nowadays. Specimens of dinosaur is still a mystery and scientists are still researching on it, but good news for all the fans of archaeology is that the technologies such as 3D printing and CT scan are going to help investigators to make new findings. By using these researchers created a digital skull of 200 million-year-old dinosaur. It will allow making the 3D prints of the fossil at home.

Kimi Chapelle of University Witwatersrand does this recent research which made it simpler for other scientists to study dinosaurs in a new method. Chapelle is a PhD student at Johannesburg who used a CT scanning method to look inside the dinosaur. Her discovery is public and is available to everyone to download a 3D surface file. Chapelle stated that this means any scientists or member of the public can print their Massospondylus skull at home.

Massospondylus was discovered in 1854 in South America and named after an anatomist Sir Richard Owen. This dinosaur was a larger necked and was present during the early Jurassic period. Scientists are most interested in the study of this dinosaur and the study of the spine and the eggs of the creature. Chapelle saw that not a lot of research had been done yet concerning the skull. Chappelle recorded some interesting elements that how this specific dinosaur constructed involving the bones surrounding the brain. She also discovered the nerve connections of the skull and bones each nerve went through.

She said that she was amazed when she started digitally constructing the skull of Massospondylus and found all these features that never been explained before. It shows that scientists have much more to learn about this dinosaur. The fact that the bones are not fully fused indicated that the dino was not fully grown. This enables scientists to understand how they grew, how fast and how big they could grow.

This work of Chapelle will also help the students of future generation to use the technology. Professor Jonah Choiniere, the supervisor and co-author of the study, said that the students like Kimi have been able to use CT facility to produce cutting-edge research and it is changing the way we do the research on dinosaurs.

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