Orangutan, Borneo (USNM 521078)

USNM 521078

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 521078 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7392551), is a male orangutan from the island of Borneo, Indonesia (Pongo pygmaeus) collected in 1977. This male weighed 275 lbs. The flash model of this orangutan cranium is scaled to 90% in order to fit inside the viewer.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 521078. 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.