Inside the Tent

Adam Metallo and Vince Rossi, both of the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office 3D Lab, work inside a large tent built over the skeleton of MPC 677, the most perfectly preserved of the rorquals whales from Cerro Ballena. Metallo and Rossi use a variety of digitization tools to document the skeleton, while Nick Pyenson, Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, reviews documents in the background. The white spheres and checkerboard images serve as calibration objects for 3D laser scanning.