Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Launching the GB3D fossil types VIRTUAL FOSSIL COLLECTION

As the GB3D fossil types online project draws towards the big public lunch, we are making the GB3D Virtual Fossil Collection freely available. It currently stands at 125 specially selected digital fossil models and can be viewed on iPads, iPhones, and most android phones and tablets.

Downloading and viewing is very simple:

1.  Visit your app store and download MeshLab for free. If you are using Android, you should also try 'HD Model Viewer'

2.  Point your web browser to ftp://ftp.bgs.ac.uk/pubload/mhowe/GB3D_Selected%20Fossils/

3.  Select whichever fossil you fancy and download.

4.  Your web browser will probably say "Open in..." or "Open in MeshLab". Select "Meshlab"

5.  Your selected fossil will open in MeshLab and be added to its collection. You can then view, rotate, enlarge, or reduce the image, change the lighting, and various other options.

6.  Repeat (3) - (5) until you have downloaded your collection.

7.  If you hit problems, or if you particularly enjoy the collection, please let me know using the emailing form on my staff web site.

1 comment:

  1. This is brilliant! Well done. It's an excellent way to use the collections and promote palaeontology. It will be a valuable and fun resource for people already interested in fossils but also has the potential to engage less acquainted minds; both young and old. It will be great for schools particularly if they have a 3D printer.