Tech Shift: Meet the paleo-artist who is recreating dinosaurs. Digitally.
Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, as well as Steven Spielberg’s movie adaptation, envisioned a world where technology helped recreate living, breathing dinosaurs. Today on Tech shift, we look at how technology like digital imaging is helping paleontologists create their own models of dinosaurs.
Tyler Keillor is a digital paleontologist at the University of Chicago. He’s part of a NOVA/National Geographic special airing on PBS Wednesday that tells the story of the Spinosaurus, a giant partially aquatic dinosaur with a head like a crocodile, a massive jaw, and a giant fin on its back. A lot of the work depicted in the film happened right here at the University of Chicago. He joins us in studio to talk about how technology has allowed modern paleontologists to recreate dinosaurs.