Bringing 400-million-year-old fossilized armored worms to ‘virtual’ life

Lepidocoleus shurikenus. Credit: University of Missouri

An international team of scientists from the United States and Australia, led by Sarah Jacquet at the University of Missouri, has documented the discovery of two new species of fossilized armored worms in Australia—Lepidocoleus caliburnus and Lepidocoleus shurikenus—dating from about 400 million years ago. Then, using the micro-CT imaging capabilities of the MU X-ray Microanalysis Core facility, the researchers were able to develop first-of-its-kind digital 3D-models of the species’ individual armor plates by virtually examining the armored skeletons of these ancient worms, called machaeridians.

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News Source: https://phys.org/news/2021-11-million-year-old-fossilized-armored-worms-virtual.html