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Live scanning in the exhibition

From dinosaur bones to bird skeletons through to snakes in alcohol – with 30 million objects the collections of the Museum für Naturkunde represent not only a large number but also a great variety of natural history objects that are important for scientific research. Through innovative technologies, such as computer tomography, this unique cultural asset with its rare pieces and finds can be digitalized in high resolution and provided for research projects worldwide.

Together with its cooperation partner YXLON, the Museum für Naturkunde is testing a new computer tomograph (CT) with a double – tube system live within the exhibition that can scan larger objects in higher resolution than before. In addition to insects and smaller reptiles, from now on e.g. dinosaur vertebrae or larger animal skulls will be scanned. The resulting images allow detailed, three-dimensional insights into the smallest structures and even into the interior of the objects – without damaging them. That way, the contents of historical, still unopened object packages from former expeditions that can still be found today in the collection can also be examined in detail.

State-of-the-art software and high-performance computer enable complex structures to be evaluated and a wide range of research questions to be answered. Current topics such as ecological changes and large-scale processes such as species loss and climate change can thus be researched more precisely.

From Tuesday to Friday, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., visitors have the opportunity to take part when objects are scanned and have the chance to chat with the scientists. The CT Lab is located behind the T.rex exhibition.