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Arvid Aase, paleontologist and museum curator at Fossil Butte National Monument, mounts one of the fossils into Idaho National Laboratory’s Zeiss Xradia 520 Versa X-ray microscope for imaging.

Idaho National Laboratory is perhaps best known for innovative research that helps shape the clean energy economies of today and tomorrow — and for good reason. But while much of the laboratory’s work is focused on building a sustainable future, INL is also doing its part to preserve the past.

INL researchers recently imaged several fossils using a powerful X-ray microscope. The 3D images will be used to create exhibits for Wyoming’s Fossil Butte National Monument and help experts gain insight into the origins of these and other relics.

Arvid Aase, paleontologist and museum curator at Fossil Butte National Monument, with the fossils that were imaged with INL’s Zeiss Xradia 520…

The fossils, found in private quarries around Wyoming, were imaged using a technique known as X-ray microscopy.

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