Tim Stonesifer writes:
A newly-published paper in Current Biology features a unique specimen of tree, dubbed Sanfordiacaulis. It is being described as “Dr. Seuss-looking” and “toilet brushlike”, and the uniqueness of the fossil demonstrated a need for an accompanying visualization.
I was approached by the research team to see about reconstructing this specimen. Blender was identified early on as the right tool to make this happen. Over the course of many revisions and iterative steps in modeling, texturing, and scripting, the tree was brought to life through Blender.