Gibbon, Myanmar (USNM 124024)

USNM 124024

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 124024 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7246418), is a male Central Lar gibbon (Hylobates lar entelloides) from Myanmar. This individual was collected by William Abbott in 1903 in Champong of Tanintharyi province in Mergui Archipelago. This specimen weighed 14 lbs.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM 124024. 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.