Daily Camera: CU Boulder Museum of Natural History releases interactive 3D scan of triceratops skull fossil. “The University of Colorado Boulder’s Museum of Natural History recently released on the internet an interactive 3D scan of its triceratops skull, a fossil nearly the size of a small car.”
Engadget: Google’s latest VR app lets you gaze at prehistoric paintings. “Chauvet: Meet the Ancestors contains 54 curated exhibits with over 350 digitized assets. These include 3D models of the iconic The Horses Fresco painting and a bear skull that was left behind by some of the cave’s inhabitants. In addition, Google has created a 10-minute VR experience called Chauvet: The Dawn of Art for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets. The free app has 12 explorable ‘stations’ that cover the surroundings of the cave and some of the site’s most famous paintings.”
The Harvard Gazette: Fish teeth mark periods of evolution. “Elizabeth Sibert is rewriting the story of how the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs affected fish, and she’s doing it one tooth at a time. Based on close examination of thousands of fossilized fish teeth, Sibert, a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, found that while the impact did cause some fish species to die off, it also set the stage for two periods of rapid evolution among marine life….Going forward, Sibert said she hopes to continue to build a database of fossil teeth and is working with collections at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) to connect the ancient teeth with modern fish.”
The Bengal: Printing dinosaurs: Idaho Virtualization Lab leads a “3-D revolution”. “[Idaho State University] houses the Idaho Virtualization lab in the Idaho Museum of Natural History, which is on the leading edge of the 3-D printing revolution in digitizing and printing fossils, according to museum director Leif Tapanila. The program has been going for 15 years, and Tapanila said in those years, the rest of the country has begun to recognize the value of digitizing and 3-D printing fossils.”
Current Archaeology: Carved in stone: recording Scotland’s prehistoric rock art. “The ScRAP project aims to record the many examples of prehistoric rock art found across Scotland. As was the case in Kilmartin, there is currently no standardised database and very little contextual information available for the approximately 2,700 examples of rock art so far known in the country. As a community-based initiative, archaeologists on the project are training volunteers across Scotland to record these prehistoric carvings and upload them to the project’s online database. “
The Local (Spain): A Spanish quest to hand down prehistoric secrets. “In a bid to unlock some of these mysteries, [Hipolito] Collado, head of archaeology for the government of the Extremadura region where Caceres is located, has set out to catalogue all of Europe’s prehistoric painted hands…. They then post them in detailed, 3D format in a free-to-use online database, as part of an EU-funded project called Handpas.”
In development: a database of megalithic burials. “The study linking archeology, biology and history would lead to building a database to provide information on disease process, and, more importantly, to indicate conditions that could have led to the development, maintenance and the changing manifestations of disease through time.” It’s not clear in the article if this is just for India or not.