Gorilla, Rwanda (USNM 397358)

USNM 397358

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 397358 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7048740), is a male gorilla (Gorilla beringei) from Rwanda. It was collected by Dian Fossey near the saddle between Mt. Sabinyo and Mt. Gahinga in the Virunga Mountains, slightly north of the two peaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM 397358. 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.