American biologists have opened a virtual museum oVert, where you can already look at 20,000 three-dimensional models of vertebrates. This is about 80 percent of the existing fauna. The US authorities allocated 2.5 million dollars for the development of the project.
The name of the museum oVert stands for “Open Exploration of Vertebrate Diversity in 3D” (“Open Verification of Vertebrate Diversity in 3D”). Exhibits for the virtual museum began to collect in 2014. The authors of the project say that their main task is “to remove the exhibits from the shelf.”
On the site of the project it will be possible to study not only the skeletons of animals, their bodies will be treated with contrasting dyes, so that the user can examine muscles and internal organs of animals. At the moment the collection of the museum is being replenished, but some of its exhibits can be viewed right now.