Chimpanzee, Gabon (USNM 220068)

USNM 220068

Chimpanzees are great apes and one of our closest living relatives. The Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Mammals (http://vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/) houses many chimpanzees in its scientific collections.

This specimen, USNM 220068 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7275280), is a juvenile male chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) from Gabon. This individual was collected by Charles R. Aschemeier in the town of Animba near Lake Fernan Vaz.  This specimen had a hind tarsus length of 146 mm and a head to body length of 509 mm.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM 220068. 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 relatives, the apes, available in 3D for education and research.