The bid to create a "global digital museum" has been welcomed by scientists, who say it will enable them to study valuable specimens that are currently "hidden" in museum drawers.
Museums including London's Natural History Museum and the Smithsonian in Washington DC are involved.
They have set out ambitious plans to digitise millions of specimens.
Digitally recording the 40 million fossils at the Smithsonian will take an estimated 50 years.
But five years into the project, the team says it is "bringing dark data into the light" for crucial research.
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The skull of Triceratops has been CT-scanned. Photo Credit: Smithsonian