|Example of CT slices from the base of the skull (top left) to the top of the head (top right)|
|Example of a dinosaur egg as a whole, and showing the internal structure after CT scanning (Balanoff et al. 2008)|
|Example of a braincase from the sauropod dinosaur Spinophorosaurus from Knoll et al. 2012. To see a 3D animation, go here|
|Example of the teeth and bone from the right dentary (lower jaw) of the small dinosaur Fruitadens from Butler et al. 2012|
|Finite Element Analysis on the skull of the ankylosaur dinosaur Minotaurasaurus showing areas of low (blue) and high (red/white) stress (Arbour and Currie 2012).|
If you're interested in learning more about CT scans and palaeontology, check out the University of Bristol page on CT in palaeontology.
For more cool stuff from the Witmer Lab, check out their website, especially looking at projects and 3D visualization.
Open Access (freely accessible) References:
Arbour, V. M., and Currie, P. J. (2012) Analyzing taphonomic deformation of ankylosaur skulls using retrodeformation and Finite Element Analysis. PloS One e39323.
Butler, R. J. et al. (2012) Anatomy and cranial functional morphology of the small-bodied dinosaur Fruitadens haagarorum from the Upper Jurassic of the USA. PloS One e31556.
Knoll, F., et al. (2012) The braincase of the basal sauropod dinosaur Spinophorosaurus and 3D reconstructions of the cranial endocast and inner ear. PloS One e30060.
References (not Open Access):
Balanoff A. M., et al. (2008) Digital preparation of a probable neoceratopsian preserved within an egg, with comments on microstructural anatomy of ornithischian eggshells. Naturwissenschaften 95: 493-500.