Monday, 9 April 2012

Trilobites in 3D

We've all seen pictures of fossilised trilobites, from the Early Cambrian period.

The classic view of a trilobite

But in the Madrid Museo Geominero there was a small but fascinating exhibit.  A fossil had been carefully excavated from the surrounding rock to show the animal in 3D.  I don't mind spiders in the bath, but something like this would be much more disturbing.  This creature, the size of your hand, is viewed from the underside, with its legs and curly antennae revealed.

Trilobite from underneath, in amazing 3D

Exhibits like this bring the fossil world back to life in a way that I found surprising.

1 comment:

Luciferadi said...

This is very cool!