Loris, Indonesia (USNM 142232)

Lorises 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 lorises in its scientific collections. 

This specimen, USNM 142232 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7251048), is a male Bornean slow loris (Nycticebus menagensis) from Indonesia. This individual was collected by William Abbott in 1905 near Landak River on the island of Borneo. This specimen had a total length of 295 mm, a tail length of 18 mm, a hind tarsus length of 64 mm, and a head to body length of 277 mm.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 142232. 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.