Exploring new techniques in micropalaeontology

Here we have two techniques used by TeBi Researcher, Sarah Kachovich, to study ancient radiolarian skeletons: 3D printing (left) and digital manipulation of 3D data sets (right). This radiolarian fossil (that is normally only the width of two strains of hair) has been scanned hundreds of times with X-rays at 0.5° steps around 180°. The reconstructed images are now being studied by magnifying the objects thousands to tens of thousands of times its original size. Results of this work will be published soon.