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Competition helps launch 3D fossil collection
10:14am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
THE FIRST 3D virtual fossil collection in the world has been unveiled with a special competition in North Yorkshire.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has made thousands of 3D digital fossil models, plus several thousand high-quality images, available to the public, with many available in 3D.
The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by Jisc, has rescued fossils from dusty drawers and made them available for academics, researchers and fossil enthusiasts.
Professor John Ludden, executive director of the BGS, said: “This work will provide an outstanding resource to geologists at all levels – researchers, university students, school students and amateurs for years to come.’’ A competition will be held at the Rotunda, the William Smith museum of geology at Scarborough, to celebrate the launch of the online resource.
Over the next three weeks, visitors are invited to hunt down the 3D-printed fossils among museum displays and enter a draw for a tour of the geology collections. One overall winner will also receive a tablet computer preloaded with 3D fossils. To find out more, go to bgs.ac.uk
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