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Prehistoric conifer branch, 3-D CT scan

Prehistoric conifer branch, 3-D CT scan

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PAUL TAFFOREAU / ESRF / PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL TAFFOREAU / ESRF / PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Prehistoric conifer branch, coloured 3-D computed tomography (CT) image. This model of a prehistoric conifer branch (Glenrosa sp.) is based on a specimen that was found trapped in 100 million-year-old opaque amber (fossilised conifer plant resin) from the Charente-Maritime region in France. The amber was X-rayed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. The X-rays produced here are one thousand billion times brighter than hospital X-rays. The sample was scanned at multiple angles to create virtual 'slices' which were reconstructed into 3-D computer models. The fossil conifer measures 14 millimetres in length.

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