Replications help paleontologists better understand how the prehistoric animals moved and lived in their environments.

Researchers at Drexel University are using 3D printing to gain a greater understanding of dinosaurs' movements and how they lived in their environments. Instead of heavily relying on a mixture of guesswork and common sense, printed replica models of real fossils will enable paleontologists to actually test their predictions and hypotheses. Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, said:

Technology in paleontology hasn't changed in about 150 years. We use shovels and pickaxes and burlap and plaster. It hasn't changed — until right now.

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