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Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Madagascar (USNM 84381)
Lemurs 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 lemurs in its scientific collections.
This specimen, USNM 84381 (http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7236365) is a black and white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) from Madagascar. This individual was collected in 1890 by William Abbott near Tamatave, Toamasina Province.
This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 84381. 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.