Paleontologists have developed scientifically accurate models of extinct animals for education. Details of the work are published in the journal Palaeontologia Electronica.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and La Brea Ranch teamed up with researchers and designers at the University of Southern California to create more than a dozen new, scientifically accurate virtual ice age animal models.

The experts wondered how augmented reality affects learning in museums. During the course of their research, they realized that there were no ice age animals in the metaverse that were exactly like those that lived at that time. As a result, with the help of the latest paleontological research, they created their own models. They were built in a blocky low poly style. The goal is to achieve as close as possible from a scientific point of view, but that they are simple enough to run on ordinary smartphones with limited processing power.

William Swartout, chief technology officer of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and co-author of the study, stressed the importance of creating scientifically accurate works of art. “The innovation of this approach is that it allows us to create scientifically accurate images of the metaverse without paying too much attention to detail where we still don’t have enough data,” he concludes.