See The Most Detailed Images Ever Taken Of A Crocodile's InsidesJason G. Goldman4/05/14 9:00amFiled to: crocodilereptileimagingzoologybiologyanimalssciencedinosaursanatomyawesome photos233EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkEver wanted to see inside the body of a crocodile in the highest of resolutions? Now you can, thanks to Ohio University Professor of Anatomy and Paleontology Larry Witmer. To understand dinosaur anatomy, he's turned to birds and crocodilians, their closest living relatives.The thing about fossils is that there's so much of the animal that gets lost to eternity. The carcass rots away, or gets eaten by scavengers, and all that remains are the bones. They're useful, to be sure, but they only provide a partial picture. "Skeletonization is an inherently destructive process that can change the skeleton in important ways," Witmer explains on his lab's facebook page. So he takes intact corpses of modern avian dinosaurs (birds) and crocodilians (alligators, crocodiles, and gharials), freezes them, trucks them to a nearby Ohio hospital, and takes high-resolution CT scans.