P6-1. Visualising the Diet of Ancient Marine Reptiles
Project leader: Tim Denham (SoAA-CASS, ANU)
Industry partner: Dr. Matthew McCurry, Australian Museum/UNSW
- Clarifying the behaviour and ecology of different groups of ancient marine reptiles (including ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs and sauropterygians) using fossils stored at the Australian Museum.
- Using microCT scanning, visualization and analysis to understand feeding ecology.
- Provide insights on convergent evolutionary traits developed in different groups of marine reptiles in different geological periods.
Alignment within M3D Innovation:
- Development of 3D multiscale imaging and analysis workflow.
- Contribute to development of open access online platform.
- Create online digital databases of holotypes and other key fossils.
- Development of digitally competent Museum workforce.
- MicroCT scanning, visualisation and analysis of coprolites, stomach contents and teeth, as well as mandibular elements.
- Virtual analysis of digital datasets to clarify convergence of evolutionary adaptation in different geological periods.
- Creation of on-line databases of virtual fossil assemblages for public interpretation (animations/3D prints) and specialist analysis.
- Renewing Museum fossil collections for 21st Century research directions.
- Creation of online databases/datasets of animations, 3D print files and microCT datasets (requiring open access platform).
- Determination of convergent evolution in distantly related taxa through time.