Research Collections, Resources & Links

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Duke Lemur Center

The Duke Lemur Center contains the world's largest collection of captive prosimians. The collection currently numbers about 300 individuals, including such rare genera as Propithecus and Daubentonia. Most species breed at the colony and several species are kept in large natural habitat enclosures. Located near the Duke campus, the primate colony is available for behavioral and, in some cases, physiological, anatomical, genetic, karyotypic or biochemical studies.

DLC Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History (formally the Division of Fossil Primates) at the Duke Lemur Center includes collections of primate fossils. Such collections include fossils from the Fayum of Egypt, as well as primate fossils from Madagascar, North America and South America (Bolivia, Argentina and other localities). Many other mammals and vertebrate fossils are also part of these collections. Current field projects in primate and hominid paleontology are ongoing in Bolivia and Argentina, North America, South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar, and Egypt.


University Facilities



MorphoSource is a project-based data archive that allows researchers to store and organize, share, and distribute their own 3D data. Furthermore any registered user can immediately search for and download 3D morphological data sets that have been made accessible through the consent of data authors. The goal of MorphoSource is to provide rapid access to as many researchers as possible, large numbers of raw microCt data and surface meshes representing vouchered specimens.


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SMIF - Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility operates as an interdisciplinary shared use facility available to Duke University researchers and educators from the various schools and departments as well as to “external” users from other Universities, government laboratories or industry. Extensive characterization equipment is used by the faculty in Evolutionary Anthropology.


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