Scientists at EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory Image Knowledge Gestaltung at Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin set out discover how a 300 million year old animal walked.
Orobates-Pabsti is the oldest-known vertebrate for which scientists have been able to link a fossil with its fossilized footprints. This made Orobates-Pabsti an ideal candidate to study. Using biomechanics and robotics the researchers developed a method to better understand how vertebrate locomotion evolved.
The researchers started out by making a digital model of Orobates and then a kintetic model. At the same time other researchers created OroBOT based on the digital and kinetic models.