Narrator: This is Science Today. Using a novel approach, researchers at the University of California , San Diego have applied magnetic resonance imaging technology, or MRI, to create a high resolution, 3-D online catalog of fishes from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Marine Vertebrate Collection. Curator Philip Hastings says this is one of the world's most comprehensive and valuable libraries of preserved fish specimens.
Hastings : The collection includes approximately six thousand species of fishes. One of the research goals of the Scripps Fish Collection is to study the evolution of fishes and we interpret the evolution and ecology to some extent of fishes based on their internal anatomy. Describing internal anatomy of fishes is relatively difficult. It requires tedious dissection of whole specimens, but this new technology will now allow us to go in and actually in a very much more rigorous way examine the internal anatomy of specimens without having to do these very tedious dissections.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.