Marine Biology / Micropaleontology
This design is based on the unicellular phytoplankton coccolithophore, Discosphaera tubifera. In comparison to the coccolithophore Coccolithus pelagicus, the coccolith plates on this organism are uniquely trumpet-shaped. The trumpets are composed of calcium carbonate, an important source of chalk. Coccolithophores are photosynthetic and thus found at the sunnier depths of the ocean and are an important food source for zooplankton and small fish. 3D-modeling and printing are ideal tools for visualizing the intricate shape of this ocean dweller.