Fort Hays fossil collection gets 3-D scanning

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HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Parts of the fossil collection at the Sternberg Museum in Hays are coming alive on computer screens.

The museum and the Forsyth Laboratory at Fort Hays State are collaborating on a project to digitize the fossil collection using 3-D scanning.

Sternberg director Reese Barrick says the fossils are photographed and then some will be scanned to produce a 3-D image.

The Hays Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1aeHPNL ) the 3-D images can be moved around on the computer, allowing someone to look at one image rather than several different photos.

Supporters hope the 3-D images will be used in classrooms. And they say it will allow the museum to show the public more of its collection, which could attract more visitors.

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Information from: The Hays (Kan.) Daily News, http://www.hdnews.net

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