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Asian Palm Civet, Thailand (USNM 294960)
The Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Mammals (http://vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/) houses many viverrids in its scientific collections.
This specimen, USNM 294960 (http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7303110), is a male Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) from Thailand. This individual was collected in 1952 by R. E. Elbel near Ladya, located within Kanchanaburi Province.
This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 294960. 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 available in 3D for education and research.
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