In the Media: Lars Schmitz Discusses Modern Imaging Techniques and Paleontology in National Geographic

Photo: Mick Ellison, American Museum of Natural History, Fossil Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds

Lars Schmitz, associate professor of biology in the W.M. Keck Science Department, spoke to National Geographic about the valuable role that modern imaging techniques play in paleontological discoveries. Schmitz collaborated with a team of international researchers to reconstruct a Shuvuuia skull using CT scans that captured the anatomy of the dinosaur in great detail from the inside out. Schmitz believes that “the availability of modern imaging and rendering techniques is a big factor” in discovering new information about dinosaur behavior through fossil study. Coverage of the new Shuvuuia data also appeared on CNN and in The Conversation, USA Today, Popular Science, LiveScienceDiscover magazine, and Yahoo! News.