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3D-Print Your Own Homo Naledi Skull – Discovery News

by • February 20, 2016 • No Comments

Ever felt like cranking up your 3D printing device and building fossil recreations suitable for living room décor?
Now you can, thanks to a free website under the auspices of Duke University which allows for registered users to peruse a library of a few 9,000 digital scans of fossils uploaded to the site of scientists at additional than 70 institutions.
The site, MorphoSource, was created by Duke assistant professor Doug Boyer, and the university calls it the “biggest and most open digital fossil repository of its kind.” Just this month it revealed the addition of additional than 400 skulls and other bones of 59 species of apes, lemurs, and monkeys.
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The site boasts one of its digitized goodies a fossil superstar: Homo naledi, the ancient human which created headlines of the world when it was discovered in a South African cave in 2015. MorphoSource created on the market to site visitors additional than 80 scans of bones of the famous fossil find. Including, yes, a skull.
Whilst most institutions have created moves to digitize their fossil collections, MorphoSource says it is one of the just ones which has put all of the images under one roof.
“We’re fundamentally bringing bones out of museum catacombs and putting them online,” Boyer said in a press release.
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The site offers image files representing bones of additional than 500 extinct species. Visitors can rotate the images, zoom in/out on them and run them through a 3D printing device.
Among the other scans on the site are Megalodon teeth, vertebrae of the biggest snake at any time known (Titanoboa), and the bones of a foot-plus-long devil frog.
“Paleoanthropology has been relying on digital data additional and additional,” Boyer said. “Before we released this dataset, just a dozen labs around the world had digital samples which sizeable at their fingertips. Overnight we leveled the playing field in a worthwhile way.”

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