GONZÁLEZ DIONIS Javier
congresos y reuniones científicas
VIRTUAL PALAEONTOLOGY IN OUTREACH AND EDUCATION: 3D MODELLING OF THE FOSSIL PLANT HERITAGE OF THE CANARY ISLANDS
M.C. VELASCO-FLORES; JAVIER GONZÁLEZ DIONIS; L.M. SENDER PALOMAR; P. CRUZADO-CABALLERO; CAROLINA CASTILLO RUIZ
Congreso; 5th International Meeting of Early-stage Researchers in Palaeontology; 2021
Nowadays, 3D methodologies have become an indispensable tool for different fields of palaeontology, and a remarkable example is the photogrammetry (Cunningham, 2021). The models created with this technique offer potential advantages in conservation and teaching palaeontology: they are cheap to produce, can be easily shared and allow rare and delicate specimens to be brought to the public without endangering their preservation. In recent years, the first digitization work has been carried out on the fossil collections of the Palaeontology Area of the University of La Laguna. This work began with invertebrates (gastropods, bivalves and arthropods) and marine plants (calcareous algae) from the Canary Islands using surface lasers. In a second phase, drone photogrammetry was used by scanning marine and terrestrial palaeontological sites from Tenerife. We are now scanning a small representation of vertebrate and terrestrial plant remains with photogrammetry, the latter being the objective of this presentation. The fossil record of plants in the Canary Islands is not well-known despite being as abundant as the one of other groups. This record consists of a large number of leaf and branch impressions embedded in a matrix of ash and accretionary lapilli related to volcanic deposits.The aim of these works is to expand digital fossil collection which can be used in different educational levels (e.g. primary, secondary and university education) and the rest of society. With the help of the generated 3D models, we are developing educational workshops to explain different topics (taphonomy, palaeobiodiversity, climate changes, ?) related to the Canarian fossil record.