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United Kingdom Museum with 3D printing repair precious Quagga skeleton

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:12 am
by Downey_Wercan
Hybrids between spotted donkeys to look like zebras and horses. While in the academic community for Quagga this species with the Plains Zebra is there are still disputed, but some authorities have considered a Quagga wild horse, not Zebra. World the last Quagga died in 1883 in Amsterdam Athis. majisitela (Artis Magistra) Zoo.

In addition, another thing is accepted, in 1984, the research staff of the Museum of the tissue sample a specimen of the quagga, the quagga old DNA analysis, opened a new field in the analysis of ancient DNA of extinct species.

Grant Museum of Zoology in London, there was a very rare, but neglected the quagga skeletons. Funny thing is, the quagga skeleton due to missing a leg, has been mistaken for years is the skeleton of a zebra. This very rare specimens of extinct animal's body finally received it deserves attention, the Museum is also missing it with 3D printing that leg up.

Repair teams to its existing line of 3D scanning, modeling the right hind leg, and flip, then 3D printed, and to replace the skeleton of the zebras lost his left leg. Grant Museum of Zoology's Manager Jack Ashby says, now there are only 7 known Quagga skeletons, the Museum is one of them.

This Quagga skeletons has now become the Grant Museum one of the most important assets, but it was mistaken in decades is the Zebra. Until 1972, the scientists examined the Museum's "zebras" skeleton found, one is a donkey, and the other one is precious Quagga. Unfortunately, the quagga low leg (likely to go out on loan, has not returned). Over the years, Museum staff are trying to trying to solve this problem.

As part of the Bone Idols project Museum, and Quagga skeletons is finally complete, make up a 3D print reproductions. Bone Idols project, whose main task is to repair and improve the Museum's largest and most important collection of 39 samples.

With the United Kingdom Royal College of veterinary surgeons, Bartlett Manufacturing company, and the University College of London, the project team reconstructed the skeleton, including a CT machine scans the remaining hind leg.

Then about the missing leg bones were nylon material to print out (black, clearly marked does not belong to the original), and combined with the original skeleton as a whole, to restore the original style.