Palaeontology

By Felipe Montefeltro, postdoctoral researcher at São Paulo State University, Brazil.

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we ask researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

The application of computer-based technologies was once largely constrained by the high price of both hardware and software. In the past decade, the price of both has fallen to a much more affordable level. Now, computer-based methods are available for a greater number of palaeontologists.

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By Russell Garwood, 1851 Royal Commission Research Fellow at the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Science, University of Manchester.

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we ask researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

Palaeontology is often thought of as an antiquated field full of elderly researchers, but the discipline as it is today rarely matches this stereotype. Modern studies are multidisciplinary and use a diverse array of techniques to investigate the history…

By Dr Bill Sellers, researcher at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester.

This article is part of our series, a day in the software life, in which we ask researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

Making Dinosaurs move is fun. As anyone who's seen Jurassic Park will tell you, extinct megafauna is a sight to behold. That doesn't mean there is any scientific basis behind what we see at the movies. All too often, the animators produce something that they think looks credible, but this is hardly good science…

By Stephan Lautenschlager, Fellow and PhD Candidate at the University of Bristol.

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we will be asking researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

Palaeontology, the study of fossils and extinct organisms and modern software technology are two disciplines which seem to have little in common at first glance. However, films and TV documentaries like Jurassic Park or Walking With Dinosaurs not only show this assumption to be wrong, but…

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