Micropalaeontologists at the Museum are developing imaging techniques that employ digital technologies to overcome the limitations of light micrographs.
These digital imaging techniques involve:
The resulting composite image is a true-colour image of the specimen viewed in transmitted or reflected light, with full focus throughout the field of view.
These images do not completely replace other methods of illustrating specimens but they are the most realistic and representative view of what a micropalaeontologist actually ‘sees’ through the microscope tube.
The images are particularly useful when illustrating previously unillustrated or poorly illustrated type specimens.
The technique has the added benefit of not altering the original specimen, unlike gold palladium coating for scanning electron microscopy, for example.