Ok, I've not been so good on posts lately. But in the spirit of fixing that. . .here are two fantastic links in the vein of open science.
First of these is the Witmer Lab's 3D Visualization Page. As most of you paleo types know, Larry Witmer and his students have been doing a hefty bit of CT scanning these days. Now, they've begun to put some selected data sets up for downloading, in the original DICOM format. I played with the Ankylosaurus and Pinacosaurus data a bit today. . .great quality scans!
The second is the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology's searchable collections database. This one had flown under my radar for awhile, because it's not actually linked from the museum's web page. I only found out about it by a brief mention in Patty Ralrick and Darren Tanke's new paper in the Pachyrhinosaurus monograph.
That's all for now. . .upcoming posts will finish the goat head FEM series, and also talk about the rates at which supplementary data are actually accessible.