Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Madagascar (USNM 63345)

USNM 63345

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 63345 (http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7232010), is a female black and white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) from Madagascar. This individual was collected in 1895 by William Abbott near the Faraony River Valley in Fianarantsoa Province. This specimen  weighed 3.3 kg, measured a total length of 1207 mm, a tail length of 661 mm, and a head to body length of 546 mm.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM 63345. 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.