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Palaeontologists in Alberta add 3D scanner to their toolbox

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, AB recently acquired a Creaform Go!SCAN Spark. The palaeontologists at the museum are using the scanner for many reasons, which Dr. Emily L. Bamforth, Museum Curator, explains in the CBC News video below.


The Go!SCAN Spark is being used by the palaeontologists in the Pipestone Creek Bonebed, one of the richest fossil sites in the world. Researchers believe that a Pachyrhinosaurus herd may have died in an attempt to cross a river during a flood. By scanning the fossil remains in situ, researchers can get a better understanding of how the deposits were made. The Go!SCAN Spark allows the palaeontologists to capture fine details of the fossils for recreation using a 3D printer, reconstruction, or sharing data around the world.


The Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai skull in the image below is an important find from the Pipestone Creek Bonebed. The dinosaur was named after its discoverer, Al Lakusta, a local junior high school teacher. This species is not found anywhere else in the world!

The Go!SCAN Spark was able to quickly and accurately capture all of the details of the skull so that researchers can work with a digital model of the fossil. You can see the high level of detail that was captured in the scan below.

Rapid3D provided both online and onsite training to the palaeontologists at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, and we were lucky enough to visit the active excavation site in the Pipestone Creek Bonebed!

To learn more about the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, click here to visit their website. To visit the Pipestone Creek Bonebed, the museum offers a Palaeontologist for a Day program, where you can join a real palaeontological excavation during the summer months. To dig up some real fossils, click here for information!


To learn more about the Go!SCAN Spark, visit our website or contact us for information.


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