Mark Sutton, palaeontologist

Mark Sutton, palaeontologist

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Caption: Mark Sutton, British palaeontologist, geologist and computer scientist, holding a fossil mollusc specimen. Dr Sutton, who is part of the Earth Sciences department at Oxford University, co-developed a technique for building up 3-dimensional images of fossils that cannot be extracted intact from the surrounding rock. The method involves repeated fine grinding and computer-based reconstruction methods. In collaboration with researchers from Bristol and Leicester, he created the first "virtual fossil": a detailed image of a soft-bodied mollusc that was fossilised 425 million years ago, during the Silurian period (see E442/537 & 538).

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