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Want to pet a dinosaur? Researchers are using 3D printing to make it happen

The work will be displayed at Geelong's National Wool Museum

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

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You could soon walk with a dinosaur, and even pet it, thanks to scientists who for the first time are combining and to bring the prehistoric past back to life.

Researchers from the Deakin University in Australia are using to capture a paleontological dig in what used to be a Gondwanan riverbed.

Using of the future to dig up the history of the past, students are taking part in a paleontological dig that will use 3D and to create a dinosaur you can touch.

"We're looking at how we can use and to help with providing educational experiences in a museum context," said Ben Hornan, from Deakin's Virtual Reality Lab.

"are something that excites most people. So we thought 3D printing, and virtual reality would be a great combination," said Horan.

The work will be displayed at Geelong's National Wool Museum in what researchers believe will be a world first, ABC News reported.

The centrepiece of the exhibition experience will be a 3D-printed dinosaur, based on one of the most complete skeletons ever found in Australia.

"In the museum with the virtual reality headset, which will provide you with audio and video, you can see inside, look around and see the dinosaur dig and then reach down and touch the tactile 3D-printed dinosaur," Hornan said.

The dinosaur is a small wallaby-like ornithopod called the Leaellynasaura, which lived in Victoria 100 million years ago.

Palaeontologists believe the Leaellynasaura had scaly skin like an eastern blue tongue lizard.

First Published: Fri, February 17 2017. 14:16 IST