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December 13, 2012

For 150 years, the tools of paleontology were shovels and pickaxes, burlap and plaster. Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, an associate professor in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, is working on innovative techniques in paleontology that are beginning to change that. Lacovara’s work, in collaboration with Drexel engineers, using 3-D digital scanning, 3-D printing and robotics for the study of dinosaurs, has been featured in Discover magazine’s January/February 2013 issue as one of the Top 100 Science Stories of 2012.

“This is a powerful way to see how these ancient creatures worked,” Lacovara said in the Discover article, which placed digital dinosaurs at No. 76 among the year’s top science stories.

Read more about Lacovara’s work with 3-D printing in paleontology and collaboration with Dr. James Tangorra, an assistant professor in Drexel’s College of Engineering in the news release, in-depth coverage at The Verge, or a Q&A with Lacovara and Tangorra at io9.com