Gorilla, Democratic Republic of Congo (USNM 239883)

USNM 239883

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

This specimen, USNM 239883 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7283697), is a male gorilla (Gorilla beringei) from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was collected by Ben Burbridge near the mountains north of Lake Kivu in the Nord-Kivu Province. The Flash model of this gorilla cranium is scaled to 90% in order to fit inside the viewer.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 239883. 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 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.