Potto, Cote d'Ivoire (USNM 450054)

USNM 450054

Lorises are primates  and are more closely related to humans, apes, Old World monkeys and New World 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 450054 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7339497), is a female potto (Perodicticus potto potto) from Cote d’Ivoire. This individual was collected in 1968 by J. W. Leduc near Jacquville. This individual weighed 1.5 lbs, had a total length of 434 mm, a tail length of 100 mm, a hind tarsus length of 70 mm, and an ear notch length of 26 mm.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 450054. 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.