Now you can download 17 digital versions of dinosaur bodies created by scientists at the UK's The Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, and other institutions. The bodies were made for a study of the biomechanics of dinosaurs — essentially, an attempt to reverse engineer some knowledge of how dinosaurs moved and how body shape and movement changed as dinosaurs got closer to becoming birds. I don't really know exactly what you might do with these files, but they're free and available to anyone. And, I figure, if somebody is going to come up with a fantastic use for digitized dinosaurs, it's you guys.

3 Responses to “Download a dinosaur (or 17)”

  1. NelC says:

    The .obj files should be readable by most 3D applications. Just seeing If I can load them into Poser….

    Edit: Looks like some assembly is required, and scaling, and surface detailing….

  2. naam says:

    Fair warning: these aren’t really dinosaur “bodies”, more like segmented blobs describing how they calculated their mass distribution may have panned out. Interesting from a scientific perspective, but by no means something you may want to rig, animate, render or print.

    See the videos in the paper for an idea how the models look.

  3. jpgsawyer says:

    I know that the University of Bristol has been creating models of dinosaur bones to try to understand more about how the animals behave by determining things like biting force. It was interesting stuff. 

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