CT scan of an African pangolin


Computed tomography (CT) scans of an African pangolin or scaly anteater. Pangolins are a unique family of mammal insectivores which are found in forests and desert in Africa and South-East Asia. They are covered in unique keratin scales, which make up 20% of their total weight. The largest species, the giant ground pangolin, can grow up to 1.8 metres long! As a result of habitat destruction and hunting, all eight species of pangolin are now considered to be under threat of extinction according to the world authority IUCN. Here at the Structure and Motion lab, we want to examine the curious walking behaviour of the pangolin – despite its large, clumsy body, they can walk on their hind legs like humans, with their forelimbs tuck up under their bodies.


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