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3-Distichus

Skull of male Anolis distichus. Check out that dewlap-extending hyoid!

Harvard PhD candidate Philip Lai recently used an Anolis distichus specimen to practice his X-Ray Micro-Computed Tomography (aka microCT) wizardry. The technology takes many X-Ray images of a subject from varying angles then relies on powerful software to reconstruct a three dimensional representation based on the reflectance or transmission of X-Rays through different tissue types (bone in this case). The results are quite impressive and provide a really unique view of a species that I have spend countless hours studying. Now that I have a 3D shapefile I’m working on getting a baseball sized skull 3D printed.

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2 comments

  1. Siobhan Leachman

    This is so cool! I’ve added an external link to the Wikipedia page on Anolis distichus so more people get a chance to see it. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bark_anole

    1. Anthony Geneva

      That is a great idea, thank you for doing that.

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