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Live digitization and research in new CT lab

Mitarbeiter Martin Kirchner arbeitet am Computertomografen  im neuen CT Labor Back to top

Live digitization and research in new CT lab

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and YXLON International are entering into a unique industrial cooperation with the aim of adapting current 3D X-ray technology to the problems of collecting natural history collections. The computer tomograph provided can scan larger objects than previously possible - e.g. complete dinosaur vertebrae or animal skulls as a whole.

Computer tomography offers science completely new possibilities in their research processes, because it allows detailed, three-dimensional insights into the smallest structures of fossils, skeletons, organic collection items, rock material and other objects, without destroying the objects. In addition, this technology enables rare and valuable finds to be quickly archived digitally and made available to the public worldwide.

Starting from October 4th, 2018, the facility will be publically accessible from Tuesday to Friday between 1.00 and 4.00 p.m. On all other days visitors can inform themselves about the projects by means of a multimedia table during the museum opening hours. It is situated just behind the T. rex exhibition TRISTAN - Berlin bares teeth.

Get a first insight into our plans with the CT and how it was brought to the museum in our introductory film:

Further information on the cooperation can also be found in our press release.