Technology has revolutionised science but it can’t beat good eyes for finding fossils

Science and technology go hand in hand, spurring each other on with new insights and techniques. Palaeontology has benefitted too with everything from scanning electron microscopes and XROMM videos to 3D printing and photogrammetric models playing a role in uncovering the secrets of the past. But the most fundamental aspect of palaeontology – finding fossils, remains remarkably, laughably, low tech.

Even the most well-funded expeditions run by experienced researchers basically rely on having boots on the ground and people looking for fossils. That’s pretty much it, you walk around and look.

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