Orangutan, Borneo (USNM 145303)

USNM 145303

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 145303 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7252516), is a male orangutan from the island of Borneo, Indonesia (Pongo pygmaeus).  It was collected by W.L. Abbott in 1907 near the Semandong River, Sungei Matan. This male weighed 66 lbs with a total length of 1055 mm long. The hind tarsus length measured at 267 mm and the head to body length at 680 mm.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 145303. 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.