USF Integrative Biology Professor Ryan Carney is leading projects to digitize exceptional dinosaur fossils for research and educational purposes. This includes the 3D Archaeopteryx Project, which harnesses X-ray imaging, photogrammetry, and computer animation to reconstruct the best-preserved specimens of the icon of evolution, Archaeopteryx (ar-kee-OP-ter-icks). This so-called “missing link” between dinosaurs and birds holds the key to solving the mystery of how flight evolved. But could Archaeopteryx actually fly? And is it truly the first known bird?
Funding provided by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society/Waitt Foundation.
CVAST documented a wide variaty of heritage sites in the region of La Mancha, Spain
Zoology and palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in Paris
3D imaging and computer animation are harnessed to bring fossil dinosaurs “back to life”