Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

X-ray microtomography (XMT) of fossil brachiopod shell interiors for taxonomy

Błażej Błażejowski, Marcin Binkowski, Maria Aleksandra Bitner, and Piotr Gieszcz

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 56 (2), 2011: 439-440 doi:

The ability to see and understand the three−dimensional structure of an investigated object plays a key role in studying fossil remains. All living organisms are formed in three-dimensions, but unfortunately fossilization processes often reduce overall shape, making it difficult to gather information about real overall appearance, functionality, and inner structure. Here, using a specimen of the brachiopod Terebratula terebratula we demonstrate a non−destructive technique for exploring the 3−D internal structure of fossil remains. The use of tomography allows the construction of a set of transverse serial sections in the manner used by brachiopod researchers for decades.

Błażej Błażejowski [] and Maria Aleksandra Bitner [], Institute of Paleobiology PAS, Twarda 51/55, Warsaw PL 00-818 Poland; ; Marcin Binkowski [], Department of Biomedical Computer Systems, Silesia University, Będzińska 39, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland; Piotr Gieszcz [], Association of Polish Climatologists, ul. Międzynarodowa 58/36, 03-922 Warszawa, Poland.

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