Ring-Tailed Lemur, Madagascar (USNM 83963)

Lemurs are primates and are more closely related to humans, apes and monkeys than any other living nonhuman primate group. The Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Mammals (http://vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/) houses many lemurs in its scientific collections. 

This specimen, USNM 83963 (http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7236286) is a ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) from Madagascar.  This specimen was collected in 1870.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 83963. 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 of our closest living nonhuman primate relatives available in 3D for education and research.