Among the primary tasks of the Paleoanthropology work group in Tübingen is the curation and study of the human osteological collection in our care, which forms the basis of many Paleoanthropology research projects. It is also a great teaching resource, and is used regularly in our courses.
Paleoanthropology is also home to a large cast collection, which also used regularly in both research and teaching. In the framework of the osteological collection’s curation, and given the wear-and-tear of teaching and research inflicted on the osteological material, we are undertaking a large-scale program of virtual documentation of our collections, in concert with our research program.
We are using the resources of the Imaging and Computer Tomography Laboratories of Paleoanthropology for this purpose (surface scanners, high-res CT scanner).
In addition to documenting our collection, 3-D virtual models are ideal for museum exhibits to showcase the specimens in a dynamic and interactive manner.
We have recently created 3-D models of the Mesolithic burial of three skulls from Hohlenstein-Stadel, Germany, and developed a video which is currently being used in the exhibit ‘Der Teufel in der 11. Kammer – Die Rätsel der Stadelhöhle im Lonetal‘ (10. April - 27. November 2011) at the Ulmer Museum.