Techniques for Virtual Palaeontology

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Wiley, Oct 22, 2013 - Science - 208 pages
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Virtual palaeontology, the use of interactive three-dimensionaldigital models as a supplement or alternative to physical specimensfor scientific study and communication, is rapidly becomingimportant to advanced students and researchers. Using non-invasivetechniques, the method allows the capture of large quantities ofuseful data without damaging the fossils being studied

Techniques for Virtual Palaeontology guidespalaeontologists through the decisions involved in designing avirtual palaeontology workflow and gives a comprehensive overview,providing discussions of underlying theory, applications,historical development, details of practical methodologies, andcase studies. Techniques covered include physical-opticaltomography (serial sectioning), focused ion beam tomography, allforms of X-ray CT, neutron tomography, magnetic resonance imaging,optical tomography, laser scanning, and photogrammetry.Visualization techniques and data/file formats are also discussedin detail.

Readership: All palaeontologists and studentsinterested in three-dimensional visualization and analysis.

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Because of the plethora of analytical techniques now available,and the acceleration of technological advance, many earthscientists find it difficult to know where to turn for reliableinformation on the latest tools at their disposal, and may lack theexpertise to assess the relative strengths or limitations of aparticular technique. This new series will address thesedifficulties by providing accessible introductions to important newtechniques, lab and field protocols, suggestions for data handlingand interpretation, and useful case studies. The series representsan invaluable and trusted source of information for researchers,advanced students and applied earth scientists wishing tofamiliarise themselves with emerging techniques in their field.

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About the author (2013)

Mark Sutton is a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College,London, UK specializing in Palaeozoic invertebrate palaeobiologyand in three-dimensional visualization techniques. He is theprimary author of the SPIERS software suite for palaeontological 3Dreconstruction.

Imran Rahman
is a Research Fellow at The University of Bristol,UK.  He specializes in the origin and early evolution ofechinoderms, and uses virtual palaeontology to study the form andfunction of fossil taxa.

Russell Garwood is an 1851 Royal Commission Research Fellowbased at The University of Manchester, UK. He uses X-ray techniquesto study fossils, primarily early terrestrial arthropods. He is thesecondary author of the SPIERS software suite.

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