How we see fossils: developments in palaeontological imaging and visualisation techniques

Clark, N. D.L. (2015) How we see fossils: developments in palaeontological imaging and visualisation techniques. Moray Geology: Past, Present, Future, Elgin, Scotland, 21-22 Mar 2015.

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As a student at the University of Glasgow, I remember that there was a book that was heavily thumbed entitled Handbook of Paleontological Techniques by Kummel and Raup (1965). It was an epic volume of technical information ranging from the collecting of material, to their preparation and photography. It mentioned the possibility of the use of X-rays and electron microscopy, the use of infra-red and ultra-violet and how to produce a plate of images for publication. All the techniques mentioned are still used today, although with the advent of digital technologies, the possibilities now available have increased substantially. Although this was not the only technical book available for palaeontologists, it was the one that I consulted frequently when using vibro-tools, airbrasive blasters and chemical preparations. I still use the same techniques, but have been attempting to use new, or improved, techniques inspired from watching TV programmes such as Tomorrow’s World and subsequently the Gadget Show. Although this presentation is not going to be a holistic overview of palaeontological techniques, I hope that it will provide an insight into what is possible now and perhaps a little into the future.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords:Imaging, photography, laser, infra-red, ultraviolet, CT, microCT, MRI, Fossils, palaeontology
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Dr Neil
Authors: Clark, N. D.L.
Subjects:Q Science > QE Geology
T Technology > TR Photography
College/School:University Services > Library and Collection Services > Museum and Art Gallery
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the authors
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