At the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, the skeletons of Bernissart’s iguanodons are currently being analysed. The goal ? To allow paleontologists to get to know them better but also to ensure that they are not damaged.
The skeletons found at Bernissart in 1878 are indeed very fragile. When they were discovered, they became infected with a matter with golden reflections which shattered the bones as soon as they came into contact with the air. Very quickly, the teams on site tried remedies worthy of witches to prevent this phenomenon. And it works !
Thanks to this puzzle of iguanodon scanned for several weeks, paleontologists will have a very precise image of the fossil in 3 dimensions. They will be able to study it directly without touching it and reconstruct its damaged parts. The most fragile parts will be copied identically on a 3D printer.
This technique will also contribute to a better understanding of the anatomy of the iguanodon and its ability, thanks to its very strong spine, to run up to 25 km/h to escape its predators.