Description

This fossil was originally found in 2011, and in a race against the tides, it was collected by NMNH and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute staff in a matter of hours (see expedition posts Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3, including links to other posts elsewhere, as well). The specimen then traveled to NMNH, where it was carefully prepared, and dedicated study could begin in earnest. In the meantime, we had the specimen 3D digitized, and it was actually released in late 2013 with the inaugural suite of 3D models on the Smithsonian X 3D platform. Nick Pyenson Lab

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