X-raying of fossil beetles

The layman considers fossil beetles just stones. Even experts were able to describe the rough, outer shape of the millimeter-sized fossils only. Using the ANKA synchrotron radiation source of KIT, 30 million year’ old beetles have now been examined in more detail. The inner anatomy was imaged in such detail that the family tree of the beetles could be analyzed. Hence, latest imaging methods can provide access to the enormous store of knowledge of unused natural history collections.
Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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