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Fossil gecko, micro-CT scan

Fossil gecko, micro-CT scan

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FARAH AHMED / NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FARAH AHMED / NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Fossil gecko, micro-CT scan. This 20 million year old gecko was trapped in Dominican amber. The skeleton collapsed when the animal decayed, but the imprint of the skin (green), left in the amber allows it to be clearly identified. This image was acquired using X-ray micro-Computed Tomography (also known as micro-CT). A micro-CT scanner projects a beam of X-rays through the sample onto a detector panel. Images are collected over a 360° rotation and these are then reconstructed to form a virtual 3D model of the specimen. This virtual object that can be viewed from all angles and sliced open or digitally dissected. Image by Farah Ahmed.

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