Improved noninvasive microstructural analysis of fossil tissues by means of SR-microtomography
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- Mazurier, A., Volpato, V. & Macchiarelli, R. Appl. Phys. A (2006) 83: 229. doi:10.1007/s00339-006-3511-6
Bone is a dynamic tissue which records and partially stores a relevant amount of biological and biomechanical information. In paleobiological investigation, a satisfactory access to this hidden archive is limited by the unavoidable need to assure integrity of the fossil record. According to our experience, based on a variety of advanced nondestructive approaches in imaging fossil tissues, synchrotron radiation microtomography (SR-μCT) assures the quasi-ideal physical conditions to explore and to finely characterise at a high spatial resolution the inner structural morphology of relatively large-sized and highly mineralised fossil specimens for 2D and 3D modelling and reliable quantitative analyses.