Echidna, New Guinea (USNM A22992)

USNM A22992

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

This specimen, USNM A22992 (http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7423465), is a western long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus bruijni) from New Guinea.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM A22992. 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.