Fossil Friday: CT scan aids fossil prep

By Matt Borths, Curator of the Duke Lemur Center’s Division of Fossil Primates.

This week we joined Dr. Doug Boyer from Duke’s Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, where we CT-scanned a block that contains a 50-million-year-old lemur-like primate from Wyoming, USA. Part of the skull is visible and even more of the animal is tucked into the rock. With the scan, fossil technicians can strategize how to remove the rock around the fossil and expose more of the animal related to the oldest relatives of lemurs!