But with a few clicks of his computer’s mouse, he can have models of any one of hundreds of naledi bone fragments delivered to his desk in a matter of minutes.
Paleontologists like Boyer frequently travel halfway around the world to examine such unique and fragile specimens. That is, assuming their curators will even allow such access.
But the Homo naledi specimens are a different story. They, and hundreds of other species, are now available in a free online database of digital scans that anyone can download and print in 3-D.
MorphoSource, which Boyer launched at Duke in 2013, is the largest and most open digital fossil repository of its kind.
“We’re essentially taking bones out of museum catacombs and putting them online,” Boyer said. [...] Duke Today
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