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Cheetah (USNM 520539)
The Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Mammals (http://vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/) houses many felids in its scientific collections.
This specimen, USNM 520539 (http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7293836), is a male cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus).
This is a CT scan of the atlas, first cervical vertebra, of USNM 520539. 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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