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TAMBUSSI, Claudia P; DEGRANGE, Federico J  and  TIRAO, Germán. Neo y paleoornitología virtual. Hornero [online]. 2014, vol.29, n.2, pp.51-60. ISSN 0073-3407.

Neo and paleo virtual ornithology.- Visualization and analysis of fossils assisted by computers have revolutionized the study of extinct organisms. Innovative techniques allow to characterize the remains in three dimensions with unprecedented detail, allowing paleontologists to gain important knowledge about anatomy, development, function and even conservation. Digital reconstructions can be used in functional analysis and rigorous testing of hypotheses on the paleobiology of extinct organisms. These approaches are transforming our understanding about life in the past and also of living organisms in general. The use of non-invasive techniques enables capturing large amounts of data without damaging the specimens under study. As digital data can be shared instantly and globally, teams of scientists can work in parallel, accelerating research time. In this paper, cases in which virtual models were used to assess morphological problems are shown.

Keywords : Finite element analysis; Geometric morphometrics; Paleoneurology; Three-dimensional virtual models.

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