3D printing used to solve mystery of how the prehistoric Pleiosaur was able to swim with just flippers

3D printing used to solve mystery of how the prehistoric Pleiosaur was able to swim with just flippers

If you were asked to name some of the top applications for 3D printing, ‘solving mysteries’ wouldn’t be an answer you’d immediately go for. But that’s exactly how a group of researchers at the University of Southampton, UK, recently used the technology. They were investigating a problem which dates back to the 1950s, and which originates many millions of years before. The prehistoric marine reptile known as the Pleiosaur had four flippers, but how they worked has never been clear. A definitive answer has now been found at last, with the help of a 3D printed robot. The Pleiosaur […]

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