Asian Palm Civet, Thailand (USNM 536031)

The Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Mammals (http://vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/) houses many viverrids in its scientific collections. 

This specimen, USNM 536031 (http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7403699), is a female Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) from Indonesia. This individual was collected in 1972 near Pangkalan Susu located on the island of Sumatra. This specimen weighed 4,000 g, measured a total length of 1,065 mm, a tail length of 490 mm, a hind tarsus length of 90 mm, and an ear notch length of 50 mm.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM 536031. These three-dimensional scans are made publicly available through the generous support of the Smithsonian 2.0 Fund, provided from the annual gifts of the Smithsonian National Board to the Secretary to use at his discretion (http://smithsonian20.si.edu/fund.html), and the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

The main goal of this joint initiative between the Human Origins Program and the Division of Mammals is to make the NMNH's scientific collections available in 3D for education and research.