Digital Reconstruction of Fossils from Serial Sections
Some fossils can be removed from rocks with just your fingers. Others need to be extracted with a pick. Still others are so recrystallized that they can’t possibly be removed. In this study, we took digital pictures of highly recrystallized fossils every millimeter and taught a computer how to distinguish between the fossils and the matrix. The computer was then able to reconstruct 3-dimensional models of what the fossil would look like if it were freed of the rock.
This project was presented at the annual meeting