PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PASCAL GOETGHELUCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Paleontologist holding a model of an ant. Palaeontologist Malvina Lak, from the University of Rennes, France, holding an enlarged model of a fossil ant created on a 3-D inkjet printer. The ant was found in 100-million-year-old opaque amber (fossilised conifer plant resin) and X-rayed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. The X-rays here are one thousand billion times brighter than hospital X-rays and can image the interior of opaque amber samples at 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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