Orangutan, Borneo (USNM 197664)

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 197664 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7266810), is a female orangutan from the island of Borneo, Indonesia (Pongo pygmaeus) It was collected near Sungai Menganne by H.C. Raven in 1913.

This is a CT scan of the mandible of USNM 197664. 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.