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Article: Retrodeformation of fossils – a simple technique

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 36
Part: 4
Publication Date: December 1993
Page(s): 927 930
Author(s): A. W. A. Rushton and M. Smith
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RUSHTON, A. W. A., SMITH, M. 1993. Retrodeformation of fossils – a simple technique. Palaeontology36, 4, 927–930.

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We describe a simple and quick method of restoring photographic or line-drawing images of deformed fossils, using a Canon CLC 300 laser copier in place of computer hard- and software; it will help in the identification of material from deformed rocks. As an example, retrodeformation of the trilobite Angelina sedgwickii Salter rapidly gave results that compare favourably with previous restorations of the same species.
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