Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in |

Back, here below, formidable is an ambitiously interdisciplinary project to reconstruct the vocal sound of the extinct wool mammoth ‘Mammoth Imperator’. In researching the project, Marguerite Humeau met with a diverse range of specialists including roboticists, paleontologists and laryngologists. The conundrum at the core of the project is the envanescence of soft tissue in the fossil record. The project therefore becomes part detective work and part fantasy. Vocalisation is the result of a combination of the effects of lungs and trachea, larynx and the vocal cavities, in this case including throat, mouth, nasal cavity and trunk passages. Humeau has deployed fossil, Xray and CT scan data and interpolations from elephant anatomy in order to construct a digital model of the vocal cavity, realized in 3D rapid prototyping technology.