Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,030 Reviews & Articles | 50,140 News Posts
Weekly Giveaway: Win a ZOTAC SONIX PCIe 480GB SSD (Global Entry!)
TRENDING NOW: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 leaked benchmarks tease 8GB RAM at 10GHz

Underwater cave with Ice Age animal bones to be mapped by 3D modeling

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego hope to create a 3D map of a prehistoric underwater cave that has human and animal remains
| 3D News | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 10:06 pm

Researchers will use 3D mapping technology to give divers and archaeologists a better map on how to study the Hoyo Negro underwater cave. The cave was first found seven years ago, but only a small number of cave divers are trained properly to enter Hoyo Negro.

 

underwater_cave_with_ice_age_animal_bones_to_be_mapped_by_3d_modeling_01

 

Photos are being combined to create a 3D image of the cave, which has at least one human skeleton, along with saber-toothed cats, ground sloths, and other prehistoric animals. The researchers will analyze features in photos captured by divers, and will create a 3D structure-from-motion complete image.

 

"If we can document all the artifacts, make a phone map of the bottom of the pit and create a 3D visualization that puts the archaeologists and paleontologists there - without ever getting wet - those discovers and interpretations are made possible," said Dominique Rissolo, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) scholar, in a statement.

 

It's possible acoustic mapping and enhanced imaging sensors will be implemented to give researchers even more details about the cave.

NEWS SOURCES:Livescience.com, Calit2.net

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this news? Post a comment below!
loading