Pew! Pew! Paleontologists Harness the Power of Lasers

When in possession of a priceless dinosaur skeleton, it’s always a good idea to fire a super-charged photon beam at it.

That’s Thomas G. Kaye’s philosophy: if you can fossilize it, you can fire a laser at it. Kaye, of the Foundation of Scientific Advancement, Sierra Vista, developed a laser-scanning technique that reveals stunning new details buried within dinosaur fossils — so meta. Now he’s traveling the world placing new specimens in his crosshairs.

Kaye is joined by Mike Pittman, w

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