In this 24-month research project a half-scale robotic replica was manufactured of a dino species, Iguanodon Artefieldensis.
The research was scientifically supported by prominent European palaeontology and zoology experts, utilizing emergent advanced robotics technologies from European robotics laboratories.

During the two-year Palaiomation project, the efforts were first focused on studying in detail the fossilized skeleton of the Iguanodon Atherfieldensis, a four-meter European dinosaur, using a laser scanner constructed for the purpose. Then, a 1/4-scale replica of the structure was built and used for the first mobility tests. The replica succeeded in performing quadrupedal walking and provided useful indications for the design of larger structures.

The next, half-scale replica design passed through three generations of prototypes before reaching its present form The current electrically-actuated replica robot has full locomotive autonomy of about one hour. Multiple sensors and control systems allow it to move around and interact with the environment.

Parallel to the robot structure, based on the real skeleton, a half-scale muscle "envelope" for the replica will also be presented. This flexible structure, developed and built in close collaboration with palaeontology experts, has been modelled in a way to adapt exactly around the mechanical structure of the replica, moving and extending as a real muscle envelope during the movements of the robot.

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