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Cerro Ballena 3D Scanning

Men using laser scanner and other equipment to study whale skeleton stretching out on the ground inside huge, grayish field tent

From left, Adam Metallo and Vince Rossi from the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office 3-D Lab a use high-resolution laser arm and medium-range laser scanners to document one of the most complete fossil whales from the Cerro Ballena site. In the background, Smithsonian paleontologist Nick Pyenson reviews data on his laptop while the group works at night in a temporary tent next to the Pan-American Highway in the Atacama Region of Chile, 2011. Smithsonian Institution image.

Topics: Digitizing Nature - Field Books to Fossils
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