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Three-dimensional image surface acquisition in vertebrate paleontology: A review of principal techniques

Otero, A, Moreno, AP, Falkingham, PL, Cassini, G, Ruella, A, Militello, M and Toledo, N (2020) Three-dimensional image surface acquisition in vertebrate paleontology: A review of principal techniques. Publicación Electrónica de la Asociación Paleontológica Argentina, 20 (1). ISSN 2469-0228

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Three-dimensional (3D) surface scanning includes techniques of image acquisition and image processing. Among the former, hardware devices (e.g., portable and non-portable scanners, camera) capture images from the target, whereas image processing is conducted via specialized software, in which acquired images are processed to merge them into a single 3D surface model. Image surface scanning comprises a wide variety of devices which incorporate different image acquisition techniques, all of them with potential high standards results. We describe four different scanning devices and techniques commonly used in vertebrate paleontology in order to compare them in terms of pros and cons, considering different variables, such as scanning time, post-processing time, costs and image resolution. The decision on which device to choose will depend on the budget available, the portability as well as the nature of the fossil material being analyzed (e.g., size, weight, accessibility). In the light of this, photogrammetry constitutes the image surface technique which fulfills these requirements, having the best cost-benefit relationship.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QE Geology > QE701 Paleontology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Asociación Paleontológica Argentina
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2020 14:38
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:09
DOI or ID number: 10.5710/PEAPA.04.04.2020.310
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13135
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