A unique fossil found by researchers at Imperial College London is being shared around the world, thanks to an innovative 3D mapping technique.
The fossil, an 'articulate brachiopod', the forerunner to modern clams and mussels, was found in a quarry in Herefordshire, England and is the first of its kind to be preserved with its soft parts intact. It was discovered by Dr Mark Sutton, who named it Bethia serraticulma after his wife Bethia.
The imaging technique involved shaving the fossil into ultra thin layers and photographing each slice. Although the process destroys the fossil, it allows the 'virtual fossil' to be shared with researchers and students around the world.
Dr Mark Sutton, a lecturer in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, who discovered the fossil alongside colleagues at the Universities of Yale, Oxford and Leicester, said: "This is a significant discovery because it is something we never dared to dream we might see - an ancient fossil articulate brachiopod with its fleshy parts intact, and preserved in three-dimensions to boot.
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