Gorilla, Democratic Republic of Congo (USNM 241232)

USNM 241232

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 241232 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7284172), is a female gorilla (Gorilla beringei) from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was collected by Ben Burbridge in 1925 near Mount Karisimbi of the Virunga Mountains in the Nord-Kivu Province.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 241232. 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.