Orangutan, Borneo (USNM 142170)

USNM 142170

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

This specimen, USNM 142170 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7250996), is an adult female orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) from the island of Borneo, Indonesia. This individual was collected by W.L. Abbott in 1905 near Sungai Suma. The female weighed 75 lbs with a hind tarsus length of 283 mm and a head to body length of 785 mm.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM 142170. 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.