Ancient Mollusk Returns to Life


Click on the image or here to view the National Geographic video re-creating the ancient mollusk via 3-D printing.


Using innovative model-building techniques, specialists in the U.S. and Denmark have created a lifelike reconstruction of an ancient mollusk, offering a vivid portrait of a creature that lived 390 million years ago. The model helps answer questions about where the animal, called a multiplacophoran, fit in the tree of life. A short video hosted by National Geographic shows how the Danish modelmaker, Esben Horn, worked with UT Austin scientist Jakob Vinther to recreate the beast.


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