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Blender Used to Reconstruct Fossilized Tree for Scientific Publication


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.

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Tim Stonesifer

Tim Stonesifer is the Assistant Director for Media Technology at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He loves his work engaging students and faculty in makerspace technologies like 3D printing, virtual reality, and of course Blender.

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