Beneath the surface

08 February 2016

Interview with

Thomas van de Kamp, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Fossils are a valuable insight into the evolutionary past, although the quality of their preservation can be highly variable. But focusing chiefly on the specimens that look nice means we might have overlooked a valuable source of material to study. Thomas van de Kamp, from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology wondered whether a synchrotron X-ray beam could enable him and his team to see inside what are called mineralised specimens of insects, which are often dismissed as fossil x-raybeing of much lower scientific value. The results, from a fossil collection that hadn't seen the light of day since the 1940s, are impressive...

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