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Robot fossil recreates walk of ancient animal

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By ITN News Editor February 6, 2019 13:32

Robot fossil recreates walk of ancient animal

Palaeontologists and roboticists have teamed up in a bid to answer a fundamental question about extinct animals: how did they walk? Scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and Humboldt University of Berlin used digital scans of the fossil of a 300-million-year-old extinct lizard-like creature called Orobates pabsti to build computer models and an exact robotic replica. With the help of fossilised footprints of the animal they were then able to programme the robot called OroBOT to follow in the footsteps of its real-life ancestor. Little is certain about how extinct vertebrates – such as the dinosaurs walked. But using biometric principles from similar modern-day animals such as iguanas, salamanders and caimans, the scientists could determine which gait Orobates pabsti was most likely to have used.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 6, 2019 13:32

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