One of the essential qualities of 3D technology that I most love is its versatility. We’ve already found a multitude of uses for it. And with all the creative people on the planet, we will continue to find more unique, whimsical, pioneering ways to exercise it. 3D technology really is a blank sheet ... More
Using CAT scans and making 3-D virtual reconstructions of the jaws of the ancient fish Helicoprion, Idaho State University researchers have solved some of the mysteries surrounding large spiral fossils of this fish’s teeth.
The ISU Museum of Natural History has one of the largest public collections of Helicoprion spiral-teeth fossils in the world. The fossils of this 270-million-year-old or older fish have long mystified scientists ... More
"Recent Rapid Human Evolution: Some Implications for the Humanities and the Sciences"
by Dr. Henry Harpendig
Member of the National Academy of Sciences
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology.
On Thursday February 7th at 7:00 pm, in the College of Education Auditorium, Education Building Room 243 ... More
Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society." ... More
Idaho State Museum Cements Ties to Smithsonian
The Idaho Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution have announced a cooperative agreement that will utilize the museum's expertise at making 3-D digital images. ... More
Virtual Museum of Idaho
Surface scan of a helicoprion, IMNH-37899, known worldwide as ‘Idaho number 4’ and a reconstructed tooth whorl.
When the digital age entered the twenty-first century, the coupling of incredible advancements in interactive technology and a global exchange of ideas created a system where comprehensive access to information has become the new paradigm for the dissemination and consumption of knowledge. Natural history collections hold vast amounts of this knowledge, yet due to the generally perishable nature of museum collections they are often found in forms not appropriate for open, unfettered examination. Through the creation of virtual repositories complete with built–in analytical tools, the IVL team are developing methods for safely distributing this wealth of information in order to both service an ever increasing need for access to it and, ultimately, stay relevant in this dynamic and rapidly expanding information age.
From paleontological specimens, extant osteological comparative material, thousands of samples of Idaho’s unique flora, and beautiful ethnographic collections, the Idaho Museum of Natural History houses exceptional assemblages representing many facets of Idaho’s natural and cultural history. Individually, these items are a valuable resource yet each holds only a small snapshot of a much larger complex picture of Idaho’s rich heritage. As a continuation of explorative, interactive web applications such as VZAP, the next several years of work will include a focus on bringing all of these collections online into a single open access repository in the form of a Virtual Museum of Idaho.