Gibbon, Laos (USNM 296921)

Gibbons are apes and 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 296921 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7303801), is a juvenile female northern white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) from Laos.  It was collected by Richard Elbel on the left bank of the Mekong River, opposite Chiang Saen Kao.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM 296921. 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.