The Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collection, maintained by the Texas A&M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences is one of 16 institutions involved in the Open Vertebrate Exploration in 3D project, or oVert for short. Using specialized scanners designed for human and veterinary medical uses, the BRTC along with the Texas Institute for Pre-clinical Studies and the A&M Libraries are working together to scan some of the largest specimens in the project. 6 examples of these high quality digital scans are on display in the Reynolds Gallery until September 21. Some of these animals are only preserved in a few collections around the world, which makes them difficult and sometimes impossible to study in detail. With digital scans that can be shared electronically, scientists have access to thousands of unique animal species at their fingertips. Today, oVert is a multimillion dollar project backed by the National Science Foundation. The goal is to scan more than 20,000 unique species by 2021. The best specimens are identified and then their digital images are uploaded to a free database called MorphoSource, which is maintained by Duke University.