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3D model of mite

3D model of mite

Three-dimensional models of insects—such as this one of an undescribed species of mite, generated via confocal laser scanning microscopy—are immensely valuable substitutes for real specimens because they can be shared with the entire taxonomic community. In a new paper in the journal Megataxa, an entomologist envisions a future in which non-fungible tokens (NFTs) could drive collecting of 3D virtual models of insect holotype specimens, thereby subsidizing increased digitization of entomological collections and discovery of new species. (Image courtesy of Samuel Bolton, Ph.D.)

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