Gibbon, Indonesia (USNM 143576)

USNM 143576

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

This specimen, USNM 143576 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7251561), is a female agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis) from Indonesia. This individual was collected by William Abbott in 1906 near Salat Rupat on the island of Sumatra. This young adult weighed 10 lbs and had a head to body length of 440 mm.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 143576. 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.