Scientific Methods of Geological and Paleontological Collections and Trends in Paleontological Investigation and Research

  • Cathrin HühneEmail author
Part of the Natural History Collections book series (NHC)


This article describes several conventional and modern methods and techniques in paleontological preparation and investigation. The main topics are the nondestructive methods which have been developed in the last decades. These methods are not only used in research projects of universities but also have become more and more useful tools in commonplace work on museums. In particular, computer tomography (CT, μCT), 3D scans and 3D prints offer the nondestructive investigation of internal and external structures of fossil remains as well as the possibility to cast them for display them in exhibitions. Other methods, like X-ray synchrotron-radiation microtomography (SR-μCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are also noted as methods of data analyses.

Due to the new abundance of produced digital datasets, whether created by the digital imaging procedures or created by the analyses process, data storing and data management is another focus of this article.


Methods of preparation Computer tomography 3D scans 3D prints Functional analysis Database 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Museum of Natural HistoryBraunschweigGermany

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