origin and evolution of life
Assistant Director for Information Services, IGWS
Each year, the Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGWS) publishes a wall calendar that is
sought by many for its visual appeal and quality photographs. The 2018 calendar is a special
collaboration between the IGWS and the Indiana University Paleontology Collection, housed
here in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric
Sciences. The Fossil CalendAR is an augmented
reality (AR) experience for discovering the fossil
record of Indiana. Users can explore 3-D models
of fossils from the IU Paleo Collection using the
Fossil CalendAR app in conjunction with the 2018
Fossil CalendAR poster (available from the Book-
store link at http://go.iu.edu/calendAR).
new technology - augmented reality
Here’s a treat!
As a special preview for the readers of this Hoo-
sier Geological Record, the image of the fossil ma-
rine invertebrates on the following page will also
display the AR (augmented reality) content deliv-
ered by the Fossil CalendAR app.
To use the augmented reality feature, download the Fossil CalendAR app (it’s avaliable on
Apple Store and Google Play) to your smart phone or tablet, bring up the camera and, once
the camera loads, point it at the fossil page (right) and center on all three fossil images.
You’ll soon be presented with an artistic rendering of marine life as it would have appeared
in southern Indiana during the Ordovician. Use the arrows to navigate to the left and right
and browse the 3D models produced of these former Indiana residents which are now in the
Indiana University Paleontology Collection.
This app was developed by Gary Motz, our recently departed Paleontology Collections Man-
ager, now the Assistant Director for Information Services for the Indiana Geological and Wa-
ter Survey. Gary is still very active in the digitization of the Paleontology Collection to pro-
mote broad accessibility and discoverability of this treasured resource.
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