|A beautifully squished pterosaur on display at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada), that is NOT the subject of our current synchrotron-based tomography project.|
Many will be familiar with medical CAT scanners that can yield glorious 3D slices through a live body...here we are using synchrotron-based tomography to similarly tease the hidden geometry of a patient that is well-passed saving, but still well-worth imaging. At ESRF we are sat looking a beautifully squashed animal....it looks like it fell into a stony vice that imprinted its immortal remains firmly into a lithographic limestone. Some exquisite bones are visible at the surface, but many are still encapsulated by the encasing matrix that became this animals tomb for many millions of years (yes, I am trying to describe this animal, without giving too much away!). We are now teasing-out the very bones of this beastie with the splendidly powerful x-rays generated by the European Synchrotron here in Grenoble...a mere 26 hours to disinter this vertically challenged skeleton, that can then be digitally recovered from the vice-like grip of the fossil record. In the next few days we hope to learn more about a wonderful beastie that has been stuck within a rocky veneer for far too long!