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Fossils Made to Order, Any Size

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Science  09 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5472, pp. 1729
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5472.1729

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To figure out the posture and gait of large dinosaurs, researchers must examine the way their limbs articulate. But that's tough to do when a single meter-long shoulderblade can weigh as much as a bag of cement. Now, thanks to industrial scanning and rapid prototyping, researchers can create replicas that can fit in a briefcase.