Tomography old and new: comparison of 3D reconstruction techniques for fossil plants

Type Presentation Event IPC XIII / IOPC IX (Tokyo, Japan) Authors Wickens ZJ, Spencer ART, Hilton J, Sutton MD Notes Presenting work completed by Zoe J. Wickens based on her 2011 MPhil from Imperial College London. Date 2012 Abstract Seed plants appear in the fossil record during the Upper Devonian, but in many subsequent floral assemblages they are […]


A novel Carboniferous ovule elucidated through a combined methodology for three-dimensional reconstruction

Type Presentation Event PalAss Annual Meeting Authors Spencer ART, Hilton J, Suttton MD Date 2011 Abstract Plants fossilised within siderite nodules (FeCO3) are often three-dimensionally preserved – such as those from the Mazon Creek Carboniferous terrestrial lagerstätte. Fossils preserved in this way have historically been studied using single-surface observation or destructive  investigative methods such as […]


Anatomical 3d X-Ray Micro Tomography reconstructions: Maximising palaeobotanical data capture through preliminary non-destructive techniques

Type: Poster Event: The Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting Year: 2010 Authors: Spencer ART, Hilton J, Sutton MD. Abstract: Over the last decade Micro-CT and X-ray Micro Tomography (XMT) have become increasingly available as an investigative tool within physical sciences. Development of scanning technology has been matched by a rise in computational power and advances in software, reducing the […]


3D X-Ray Microtomography Reconstructions: an Important Preliminary Tool for Palaeobotanists

Type Presentation Event The Linnean Society of London: Palaeobotany Specialist Group Meeting Authors Spencer ART, Sutton MD Date 2010 Abstract Over the last decade Micro-CT or X-ray Micro Tomography (XMT), has become increasingly available as an investigative tool. Development of scanning technology has been matched by a rise in computational power and advances in software, reducing the financial […]


3D X-Ray Microtomography reconstructions: an important preliminary tool for palaeobotanists

Type: Poster Event: IPC3 Year: 2010 Authors: Spencer ART, Sutton MD Abstract: Over the last decade Micro-CT or X-ray Micro Tomography (XMT), has become increasingly available as an investigative tool. Development of scanning technology has been matched by a rise in computational power and advances in software, reducing the financial and time costs associated with […]


Welcome

Welcome to my personal website, I’m Alan Spencer and I’m Palaeobotanist working at Imperial College London. The main focus of my research is three-dimensional reconstruction of fossil plants, in particular their reproductive organs, with the aim of increasing our scientific understanding of plant evolution. This website features a collection of work that I’ve been associated with relevant information and links (e.g. to peer-reviewed papers). I hope to keep this as up to date as possible, so if you are interested in my work then please pop back every now and again and see what is new.