3D-Printed Replicas of Stolen Fossils Restored to Ancient Cavern in Devon

Published by , August 11, 2017 12:22 pm

(Guardian) Two years ago, thieves broke into the Joint Mitnor Cave in a Devon quarry and stole fossil bones of animals which died about 120,000 years ago. The mounds included bison and hippo bones and the teeth of wolves, bears and elephants, and the droppings of hyenas.
Replicas of the stolen bones have been placed back in the cave through a unique collaboration between the Pengelly Trust, which manages it, the Natural History Museum (NHM) and the University of Birmingham. The replicas were created by scanning bones in London excavated from the same cave in the 1960s, scanning bones from the museum collection and 3D-printing the replicas at the lab of Dr. Robert Stone at the University of Birmingham. Stone’s team also created a virtual reality interpretation of the cave as it was in the temperate period between two ice ages, when lush vegetation flourished in what is now southern England.

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