Langur, India (USNM 122634)

USNM 122634

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

This specimen, USNM 122634 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7245822), is a female tufted gray langur (Semnopithecus priam priam) from India. This individual was collected in 1877 by W. T. Hornaday in Nilgherry District. This individual had a total length of 1397 mm and a tail length of 864 mm.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 122634. 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.