Navigation Links
Visualizing the past: Nondestructive imaging of ancient fossils
Date:11/11/2013

By integrating high-resolution X-ray imaging (termed microCT), 3D image segmentation, and computer animation, a new study conducted by Carole Gee at the University of Bonn, Germany, demonstrates the visualization of fossils without destroying the material. Traditional techniques, such as thin-sectioning, require investigators to physically cut up the fossil in order to observe internal structures. Dr. Gee, however, has now successfully applied microCT to visualize silicified conifer seed cones as old as 150 million years without cutting, sawing, or damaging the specimens in any way.

Well-preserved, informative plant fossils are few and far between. Specimens with reproductive organs are especially scarce but are invaluable to understanding plant evolution and ancient diversity. When such fossils are unearthed, they are lucky finds and often only single specimens are present.

"Because each specimen is precious, the main goal of this research was to study the internal structure of fossil conifer seed cones without destroying or damaging them," explains Gee.

Using this technique, X-ray images, similar to those used in the medical field, are captured, providing virtual cross-sections of the specimen, without ever cutting into the sample. These images are then combined, producing a 3D reconstruction. This study, along with computer animations and detailed figures presenting microCT imaging, is freely available for viewing in the November issue of Applications in Plant Sciences.

In the study, Gee demonstrates how this technique allows the observation of internal features such as seeds, vascular tissue, and cone scales. Furthermore, by adding artificial color to highlight certain structures or tissues, such as a row of seeds within a cone, the natural pattern of growth was evident. As Gee observes, "It's amazing to visualize internal structures
'/>"/>

Contact: Beth Parada
apps@botany.org
American Journal of Botany
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Visualizing biological networks in 4-D
2. New low-cost, nondestructive technology cuts risk from mercury hot spots
3. Kessler Foundation neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of cognitive fatigue in MS
4. Cancer imaging centers get £35 million boost
5. Organic electronics: Imaging defects in solar cells
6. Molecular Imaging Agents: Targets, Technology, Markets, and Commercial Opportunities
7. Texas A&M research contributes to improved ultrasound imaging
8. Genome-wide imaging study identifies new gene associated with Alzheimers plaques
9. In the blink of an eye: X-ray imaging on the attosecond timescale
10. Elsevier announces the launch of a new journal: Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging
11. UT Arlington bioengineer to use hybrid imaging system to see deep tissue
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Visualizing the past: Nondestructive imaging of ancient fossils
(Date:7/10/2014)... June 27, 2014  Pomerantz LLP has filed ... ("Provectus" or the "Company")(NYSE-MKT: PVCT) and certain of ... States District Court, Middle District of ... of a class consisting of all persons or ... between December 17, 2013 and May 22, 2014, ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... SPRINGS, Florida , July 1, 2014 ... wallets pave way for convenience and improved security: NXT-ID, Inc. ... Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG ), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: ... and MasterCard Corporation (NYSE: MA) NXT-ID, Inc., (OTCQB: NXTD) ... is pleased to announce that the second series of 30 ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... COMMACK, N.Y. , July 2, 2014 ... Inc. (ABD) to announce the appointment of the world-renowned ... its Board of Directors. Dr. Ginsburg, with ... two facilities: NY Presbyterian Hospital and Good Samaritan Regional ... Breathing Pacemaker since the late 1980,s and is considered ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and Certain Officers - PVCT 2SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and Certain Officers - PVCT 3Advantages for Digital Wallets Eliminate Need to Carry Credit Cards - Large Scale CNBC Ad Campaign for Latest Smart Wallet to Commence July 7th 2Advantages for Digital Wallets Eliminate Need to Carry Credit Cards - Large Scale CNBC Ad Campaign for Latest Smart Wallet to Commence July 7th 3Advantages for Digital Wallets Eliminate Need to Carry Credit Cards - Large Scale CNBC Ad Campaign for Latest Smart Wallet to Commence July 7th 4Advantages for Digital Wallets Eliminate Need to Carry Credit Cards - Large Scale CNBC Ad Campaign for Latest Smart Wallet to Commence July 7th 5Avery Biomedical Devices, Inc. announces the appointment of Mark E Ginsburg, M.D. to its Board of Directors 2
... time in wild marine fish populations, new research has shown., ... Institute of Marine Science published today in the academic journal ... in the coral trout, a species found on the Great ... the ozone layer., This is the first time skin cancer ...
... While the flower may attract the bee and the admiring ... of life below ground where the action is. The microbial ... niches immediately surrounding and inside a plant,s rootfacilitates the shuttling ... within the soil matrix. This commerce, by enabling the ...
... in the 2012 Olympics might assume their championship performance ... a new study disproves the classic scientific view that ... The study by biomechanics researchers Matthew W. Bundle at ... Southern Methodist University, Dallas, demonstrates that metabolic economy is ...
Cached Biology News:Skin cancer identified for the first time in wild fish populations 2Getting to the root -- unearthing the plant-microbe quid pro quo 2Getting to the root -- unearthing the plant-microbe quid pro quo 3Getting to the root -- unearthing the plant-microbe quid pro quo 4Getting to the root -- unearthing the plant-microbe quid pro quo 5New study: Running mechanics, not metabolism, are the key to performance for elite sprinters 2New study: Running mechanics, not metabolism, are the key to performance for elite sprinters 3
(Date:7/10/2014)... Canada (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 ... present in very low abundance and are often ... challenging and time-consuming. , Join presenters Dr. Rowel ... and Dr. John Anders, Head of Quality at ... spectrometer-based approach that can speed detection and quantitation ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 ... family closer together. The Archer Family purchased a ... contained within DNA, but ended up with a lifetime ... discoveries contained within the family members’ DNA genuinely brought ... had decided to search deeper into genetic history and ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Senior supply chain management executives from ... the challenges of “Reducing Cost, Lead Time, & Defects ... sourcing. Describing the partnership of the Bio Supply Management ... Institute ( SCMI) of the University of San ... the Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice in San ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Tute Genomics, ... today announced an agreement with Lineagen, Inc., ... Lineagen,s NextStep Dx PLUS.  Lineagen, focused ... neurological disorders, currently offers FirstStep Dx ... service used by healthcare providers as a ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Novel Ms Techniques Speed Detection of Biopharmaceutical Product and Process Impurities, New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks 2Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 2Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 3Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 4Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 5Biotech & Biopharm Supply Chain Management Executives Launch BSMA in San Diego 2Biotech & Biopharm Supply Chain Management Executives Launch BSMA in San Diego 3Biotech & Biopharm Supply Chain Management Executives Launch BSMA in San Diego 4Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 2Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 3Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 4
... one company is earning their bread and cheese with ... , a global satellite communications provider, has deployed a ... satellite-based broadband access provider. , ,IsoTropic operates an integrated ... 21 acres in rural Wisconsin, and it maintains a ...
... Technologies Inc. , a provider of medical imaging devices and ... has received a notice from the staff of the ... to delisting after missing another opportunity to file financial reports. ... the quarter ended June 30 would serve as an additional ...
... Wis. - A new biofuels company spun out of ... also be presented with the second of two state grants. ... of biofuels, will receive a $115,000 grant as part of the ... . Doyle was on hand to announce the grant, which is ...
Cached Biology Technology:Rural company works to improve broadband 2Madison business receives $115,000 of new state biofuels funding 2
Human RUNX2/CBFA1 MAb (Clone 232902)...
Whole rabbit blood (any breed, either sex) is collected at the time of slaughter and processed immediately at 4C, bottled, frozen and stored at -70C....
Animal Origin Free...
Goat polyclonal to PINX1 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 54984 SwissProtID: Q548A5...
Biology Products: