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Prehistoric beetle, hand holding model

Prehistoric beetle, hand holding model

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PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Prehistoric beetle. Hand holding a model of a prehistoric beetle that was created on a 3-D inkjet printer. The beetle (order Coleoptera) was found in 100-million-year-old opaque amber (fossilised conifer plant resin) from the Charente-Maritime region in France. The amber was xX-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 and can image the interior of opaque amber samples at very high resolution. Multiple scans of the sample creates virtual 'slices' that can be reconstructed into 3-D computer models or printed into physical models.

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