Some quick snaps from my camera phone during last week's CT scanning of Odobenocetops peruvianus (USNM 488252) -- the type specimen of the walrus whale, which is one of the jewels in the NMNH's collections of fossil marine mammals. We also scanned its asymmetrical tusks. We CT scanned the specimen as the complement to the 3D laser surface scanning from the week before, along with 2D hi-res photos for 123D Catch-style mapping.
Bruno Frolich in NMNH's Department of Anthropology ran the new Siemens Somatom CT scanner while the rest of us watched behind the lead glass.
USNM 488252 rests on a 21st century bed, instead of an ancient seafloor (Photo NDP)
Bruno Frolich prepares the skull for CT scanning (Photo NDP)