The Cabell Screen features models of skulls 3-D scanned by Bernard Means, Ph.D., an anthropology professor in the School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Dr. Means is the director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, which specializes in the 3D scanning and 3D printing of historic and archaeological objects, including many notable artifacts from museums across Virginia and around the world. He frequently works with museums to 3D scan fossils in their collection for preservation and to 3D print replicas.
The 14 skulls featured on the Cabell Screen range from prehistoric mammals to modern birds. One scan is a 37 million-year-old oreodont skull originally found in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Prehistoric oreodonts may have been distantly related to modern pigs and hippopotamuses. Also included is a baby mastodon skull dating from the Ice Age, which was found in the Carter Bog site in Ohio. Mastodons, which are extinct along with oreodonts, are distantly related to modern elephants. The show also includes modern beavers, crow, deer, and raccoon skulls, among others.
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