How do elephants look like nude sculptures?
A group of Japanese researchers has been using infrared laser scanning to identify and classify nearly 100,000 naked statues in the wild.
The researchers have created an image that is so large, it’s possible to see its pores and other visible details.
The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, has been described as “the first systematic effort to identify the characteristics of natural sculptures.”
The team used infrared laser scans of the sculptures, called the “e-articulation,” to detect changes in the microscopic structures of the elephants’ skin and fur, as well as the pattern of their tattoos and other features.
The scientists say they found that the skin of the male elephant had a larger number of pores than the female elephant, which makes it appear more “plump.”
A study earlier this year found that a series of human sculptures, including one made of ivory and other animal skin, were nearly indistinguishable from natural sculptures.