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Virtual palaeontology is the study of three-dimensional fossils on computer. Such digital reconstructions can be produced in a number of different ways, and have many applications. Although the techniques involved are at the centre of an ongoing revolution in palaeontology, and are now widely used, there has not previously been any single text discussing the relative merits of each approach, or guiding palaeontologists through the decisions involved in designing a virtual palaeontology workflow. This book represents just such a comprehensive overview, providing discussions of underlying theory, applications, historical development, details of practical methodologies, and case studies. Techniques covered include physical-optical tomography (serial sectioning), focused ion beam tomography, all forms of X-ray CT, neutron tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, optical tomography, laser scanning, and photogrammetry. Visualization techniques and data/file formats are also discussed in detail.
Readership: The book will be a valuable resource for all palaeontologists interested in three-dimensional visualization and analysis.