Skip to content

Ancient flesh crawler 'resurrected' with computer generated imagery

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/9/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Long extinct spider recreated in lab; Video shows how predatory spider walked on land

There would be few reasons as to why anyone would want to bring an ugly spider, long extinct, back to life. Thanks to computer generated imagery generated by fossils of a 410 million-year-old arachnid, however, scientists have been able to recreate how it walked on land. 

Comparing them to living arachnids, the researchers used an open source computer graphic program called 'Blender' to create the video showing the animals walking.

Comparing them to living arachnids, the researchers used an open source computer graphic program called "Blender" to create the video showing the animals walking.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/9/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: CGI, spider, arachnid, animation


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One of the first predators on land, researchers used exceptionally preserved fossils from the Natural History Museum in London to create the animation.

The completed animation shows the most likely walking gait of the animal, which was thought to be only a few millimeters long.

Shop our beautiful collection of rosaries -- by going here --

More than 400 million years after it became extinct, scientists have recreated one of the planet

More than 400 million years after it became extinct, scientists have recreated one of the planet's earliest predators. Researchers at the University of Manchester and the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin used CGI to recreate the walk of a now extinct ancestor of the spider.


Thin slices of rock showing the animal's cross-section were used to work out the range of motion in the limbs of this ancient, extinct early relative of the spiders. The arachnid, known as Palaeocharinus, was part of a spider-like group known as Trigonotarbida.

These animals roamed Europe and North America, as well as Argentina, from around 419 and 290 million years ago. They ranged in size from a few millimeters to a few centimeters in body length. Most were predatory, and later species were heavily armored.

The scientists used the fossils to work out the range of motion in the limbs of this ancient, extinc

The scientists used the fossils to work out the range of motion in the limbs of this ancient, extinct early relative of the spiders. From this, and comparisons to living arachnids, the researchers used an open source computer graphic program called Blender to create the video showing the animals walking in the animation above.


Comparing them to living arachnids, the researchers used an open source computer graphic program called "Blender" to create the video showing the animals walking.
 
"When it comes to early life on land, long before our ancestors came out of the sea, these early arachnids were top dog of the food chain," author Dr. Russell Garwood, a paleontologist in the University of Manchester's School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences says.

These eight-legged creatures were one of the earliest to walk the land, dominating the food chain wh

These eight-legged creatures were one of the earliest to walk the land, dominating the food chain while the ancestors of humans were still swimming in the primeval swamp. Pictured is an X-ray of the 410 million-year-old arachnid fossil from London's Natural History Museum.


"They are now extinct but, from about 300 to 400 million years ago, seem to have been more widespread than spiders.

"Now we can use the tools of computer graphics to better understand and recreate how they might have moved - all from thin slivers of rock, showing the joints in their legs."
 
These eight-legged creatures were one of the earliest to walk the land. On their time on earth, they dominated the food chain while the ancestors of humans were still swimming in the primeval swamp.

Pictured here are a sequence of images from the video showing how the arachnid walked. "For me, what

Pictured here are a sequence of images from the video showing how the arachnid walked. "For me, what's really exciting here is that scientists themselves can make these animations now, without needing the technical wizardry - and immense costs - of a 'Jurassic Park'-style film," Dr. Dunlop says.


Co-author Dr. Jason Dunlop, a curator at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, said: "These fossils - from a rock called the Rhynie chert - are unusually well-preserved.

"During my PhD I could build up a pretty good idea of their appearance in life. This new study has gone further and shows us how they probably walked.

"For me, what's really exciting here is that scientists themselves can make these animations now, without needing the technical wizardry - and immense costs - of a Jurassic Park-style film.

"When I started working on fossil arachnids we were happy if we could manage a sketch of what they used to look like; now we can view them running across our computer screens."

This work is part of a special collection of papers on three-dimensional visualization and analysis of fossils published.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments


More Green

How old is the longest living vertebrate on Earth? Much older than you know Watch

Image of The Greenland shark may hold the secret to a much longer life, but we will never know if we don't take better care of the oceans.

As humans, we live longer lives than most creatures on Earth. Tortoises and trees can live much longer than we can, but we are among the ... continue reading


Scientists in the dark about Yellowstone supervolcano, as activity increases Watch

Image of Volcanic activity is responsible for the beautiful sights around the park.

As the Yellowstone supervolcano shows evidence it remains active and is building towards eruption, scientists have confessed they have no ... continue reading


A Caribbean island is being devoured by plastic trash, and nobody knows what to do Watch

Image of The beaches of Roatan, Honduras are covered with trash following the rainy season.

In a series of shocking images, a Honduran island is besieged by plastic pollution, and nobody is sure what to do about the problem.  ... continue reading


Will the Big One hit California in 2018? A new study suggests it is possible Watch

Image of Scientists predict a major quake will hit California soon, but soon could mean in thirty years, or it could mean...today.

Californians have been warned to expect a major quake soon. But how soon is unclear, since the event is forecast between now and the next ... continue reading


Has Pope Francis violated the 8th Commandment, speaking out against climate skeptics? Watch

Image of Pope Francis has made clear that care for creation is a major concern of the Church and humanity.

Pope Francis has issued a stinging rebuke against those who deny that human-caused global warming is real. He called the notion a "perverse ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.