Olinguito, Colombia (AMNH 66753)

The Smithsonian Institution's Division of Mammals (http://vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/) has many olingos in its scientific collections.  We have partnered with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City, New York. (http://www.amnh.org/) to provide 3D models of olingos from their scientific collections.

This specimen, AMNH 66753 (http://sci-web-001.amnh.org/db/emuwebamnh/Display.php?i=8) is the holotype of the Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina). This female Olinguito was collected in Las Maquinas (= Las Machinas, 2130 m), Pichincha Province, Ecuador, on 21 September 1923 by G.H.H. Tate, and was first classified as Bassaricyon medius (a taxonomic review by Kristofer Helgen and colleagues recognized this as a distinct species, B. neblina, and this specimen was designated as the holotype). The flash model of this Olinguito cranium is scaled to 150% in order to fit inside the viewer.

For more information on this review please visit the original publication (http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/5827/taxonomic-revision-of-the-olingos-bassaricyon-with-description-of-a-new-species-the-olinguito)

This is a CT scan of the cranium of AMNH 66753. 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 Smithsonian's Human Origins Program, the Smithsonian's Division of Mammals, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, New York is to make scientific collections available in 3D for education and research.