Potto, Cote d'Ivoire (USNM 465899)

USNM 465899

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 465899 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7346645), is a male potto (Perodicticus potto potto) from Cote d’Ivoire. This individual was collected in 1969 by L. W. Robbins near Kahin. This individual weighed 907.2 g, had a total length of 397 mm, a tail length of 79 mm, a hind tarsus length of 66 mm, and an ear notch length of 27 mm.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 465899. 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.