Potto, Kenya (USNM 184230)

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

This specimen, USNM 184230 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7264213), is a female Eastern potto (Perodicticus potto ibeanus) from Kenya. This individual was collected by E. Heller in 1912 near Kaimosi. This specimen had a total length of 340 mm, a tail length of 100 mm, a hind tarsus length of 72 mm, and an ear notch length of 28 mm.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM 184230. 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.