Bear Cuscus, Indonesia (USNM 219474)

USNM 219474

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

This specimen, USNM 219474 (http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7275096), is a male bear cuscus (Ailurops ursinus ursinus) from Indonesia. This individual was collected in 1918 by H. C. Raven near Pinedapa on Celebes Island. The specimen weighed 16 lbs, had a total length of 1,100 mm, a tail length of 550 mm, a hind tarsus length of 105 mm and a head to body length measuring 550 mm.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM 219474. 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.