The fossil record has given us great insight into the history of our world, both environmentally and biologically. It demonstrates past extinction events, the plethora of animal life present, and it allows us to better map out the earth’s past times.
As scientists are left with complete fossils, it not becomes their tasks to study these extinct animals and determine just how they functioned. That’s where a little reverse engineering comes into play. Utilizing 3D scans along with measurements of fossilized footprints, researchers are able to create complex simulations that give us a greater look at how these animals lived. Take a look at this groundbreaking research in the video from Nature magazine below.