Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

3D Printing Dinosaurs: The mad science of new paleontology

File under laser scanners, 3D printers and dinosaur bones… not so surprisingly a great combination, as introduced by Dr. Kenneth Lacovara of Drexel University:

“For years and years, vertebrate paleontologists have really been confined to working with the shapes, with the morphology, of bones and with skeletons, as you can see behind me here. And our hypotheses about how these ancient animals lived and moved was based on how we could put these bones together in the physical world.

“And now for the first time in the history of paleontology, we’re able to move beyond those methods and into this virtual landscape where we can test our biomechanical hypotheses in rigorous ways that were never possible before.”

In February 2012, Dr. Lacovara’s paleontology department teamed up with the University’s engineering department to scan their fossils to make 3D models that could be made into fully working arms and legs. Wrap some engineered muscles around those… add more parts… and perhaps we’ve got the most accurate robot dinosaur ever made!

To read more, check out Printing dinosaurs: the mad science of new paleontology, from The Verge, July 2012.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Three Gears are Possible

Rion Nakaya

How Do Reindeer and Elk Get Their Astounding Antlers?

Rion Nakaya

Mud Frontiers, an exploration of 3D-printed mud shelters and objects

Rion Nakaya

A 3D printed mechanical laser show machine

Rion Nakaya

Filming bats with slow motion & thermal cameras

Rion Nakaya

What’s the difference between horns and antlers?

Rion Nakaya

Maggot to Fly Time Lapse Transformation

Rion Nakaya

Them Not-So-Dry Bones – Schoolhouse Rock

Rion Nakaya

Hydrophytes, 4D-printed aquatic ‘plants’ for the future

Rion Nakaya