Skip to Content

Virtual Paleontology

August 15, 2007

This CT scan carries bad news: the patient has been dead for 220 million years. On the positive side, it reveals that the subject was long-necked, had grasping feet and fine bones, could glide, and probably lived in trees. Made with an industrial CT scanner at Penn State for researchers at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, this image of a previously unknown reptile is the first to depict a Triassic fossil whose encasing rock has not been cracked away. The technique, which requires the precise focusing of the scanner’s x-rays, could become a standard tool as paleontologists dig deeper for new finds.

Keep Reading

Most Popular

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2024

Every year, we look for promising technologies poised to have a real impact on the world. Here are the advances that we think matter most right now.

AI for everything: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2024

Generative AI tools like ChatGPT reached mass adoption in record time, and reset the course of an entire industry.

Scientists are finding signals of long covid in blood. They could lead to new treatments.

Faults in a certain part of the immune system might be at the root of some long covid cases, new research suggests.

What’s next for AI in 2024

Our writers look at the four hot trends to watch out for this year

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.