CT scanning an elephant at the Royal Veterinary College

I’m part of an EU-funded project to 3D-print the skeleton of a dwarf elephant skeleton from Tilos, and one of my jobs has been to CT scan the skeleton of an Asian elephant. This is so that colleagues Evangelos and George Theodorou in Athens can use these scans to fill in any gaps they have in the dwarf elephant skeleton (for example if certain bones are missing from the fossil collections).

So yesterday I went to the RVC to scan one of the NHM’s elephant skeletons in their horse-sized CT scanner, with some help from What’s in John’s Freezer?‘s John Hutchinson. We tweeted as we went…

 

 

 

 

And of course, John-the-Hutch has a 3D printer all of his own, which I had to check out…

 

…before heading back to the NHM with our elephant all wrapped up. My mum came to work with me that day.

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