3D Scanning for Posterity

The Smithsonian 3D Digitization Team posted a time-lapse video of what is involved in making a 3D model of an ancient whale fossil in Chile. They appear to be using a high-end laser stylus to scan in the 3D model. This is a different modeling process than the photogrammetry used by 123D catch, but very cool nonetheless. It is great to see how this technology is put to use to create an archive of our history.