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A proof of concept demonstration of the automated laser removal of rock from a fossil using 3D X-ray tomography data
- du Plessis, A., Steyn, J., Roberts, D.E., Botha, L.R., Berger, L.R.
- Journal of archaeological science 2013 v.40 no.12 pp. 4607-4611
- archaeology, automation, fossils, micro-computed tomography
- Laser removal of rock from around a fossil using 3D data was demonstrated was the first time. This proof of concept combines the power of two technologies: X-ray micro-computed tomography scanning and programmable scanning laser ablation. This simple demonstration holds promise for the semi-automated and entirely safe laser removal of bulk material from around precious fossils.