of digitizing and reproduction makes paleontological specimens accessible to a
broader scientific audience on a worldwide scale. Research on specific
paleontological material would no longer have to be carried out in the
institution housing the specimen, but can be conducted at the researcher’s
workplace. Although 3D technology for the reproduction of digital objects
remains still a limiting element for the obtainable complexity, size, surface
condition, and price of the physical models, with the fast improvement of
scanning and reproduction devices, an ubiquitous digital object exchange will be
even easier in near future than it is today.
Hans-Jakob Siber (SMA) for the possibility to scan specimens under his care, as
well as Jan-Thomas Möller, Martin Kistler, and Ben Pabst for assistance during
the scanning process of SMA 0004. Ralph Chapman's and Art Anderson's careful
reviews greatly improved an earlier version of this paper.
is supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia doctoral fellowship
SFRH / BD / 66209 / 2009 (Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino superior,