Finds from Ice Age: The European Sabre-Toothed Cat

13 September 2016

The curved canine tooth serves as namesake — and its length of more than 10 cm indicates at the same time that you cannot compare the extinct European sabre-tooth cat with today‘s domestic cat: The finds from Schöningen are approximately 300,000 years old, but still they impressively demonstrate how dangerous its former possessor had been.

Tactile measuring techniques only partially suit for these delicate fossil objects – the probing might damage them. In addition, capturing the black shiny surfaces of the dental enamel is a particular challenge to a scanner, especially as no matting spray is used.

The SmartScan captures such very sensitive paleontological finds in a contact-free, fast, and highly precise way. Using the digital representation for research protects the precious object. The 3D scan data even allow for more detailed analyses of the dental enamel‘s surface than the original object. With the OptoCat Texture Mapping module, the 3D model gets an improved color reproduction, a clearer contrast and a higher texture resolution — and therefore reaches a much more realistic representation of the original object than the scanner cameras‘ mere vertex colors.

Click here for the application report from Ice Age.

 

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