The task of paleontologists are to "read" the physical remains or traces of long-gone creatures and try to recreate their living forms. However, the problem is that the clues left brings insufficient answers to the questions we need to know. Thus, the use of computed tomography (CT) scans may be utilized with this regard. X rays are being used by CT scanners to take pictures while the computer combines those pictures to create a three-dimensional image. The micro-CT scanner is just the same but it goes on in a smaller scale. The Solite Quarry, which is a fossil site, yielded two specimens that preserve the features of a creature that has never been seen or suspected to exist before. It was an extraordinary reptile about 25 centimeters long with a long-neck, four legs, and wings. It was a new species named Mecistotrachelos apeoros which is a Greek term for "long-necked soarer".
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Specialist publication||American Scientist|
|State||Published - Jan 2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Materials Science (miscellaneous)