Gorilla (USNM 585487)

USNM 585487

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 585487 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7598211), is a male gorilla (Gorilla gorilla).  This individual was donated to the collection by the National Zoo in 2006. The specimen weighed 121.6 kg and was 23 years old at death. The flash model of this gorilla cranium is scaled to 90.25% in order to fit inside the viewer.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 585487. 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.