Gibbon, Thailand (USNM 253599)

USNM 253599

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 253599 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7288160), is a female Carpenter’s Lar gibbon (Hylobates lar carpenteri) from Thailand. This individual was collected by Hugh M. Smith in 1928 in the Kuhn Tan Mountains in Lampang Province.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 253599. 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.