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Scientists publish 3D-printing plans for 200-million-year-old dinosaur skull

Scientists publish 3D-printing plans for 200-million-year-old dinosaur skull

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Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Anyone with access to a 3D printer can now create a replica of a 200-million-year-old dinosaur skull.Scientists at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, used advanced CT scanning technology to image and digitally reconstruct -- bone by bone -- a detailed 3D model of the skull of Massospondylus, a sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Early Jurassic.The researchers published their rendering of the ancient dino skull this week in the journal PeerJ."This means any researcher or member of the public can print their own Massospondylus skull at home," Kimi Chapelle, a PhD student at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits, said in a news release.Massospondylus is one of the most famous dinosaurs in South Africa. Its fossil record is rich. But the lates...