Orangutan, Sumatra (USNM 270807)

USNM 270807

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 270807 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7293919), is a female Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) donated by the National Zoo in 1942.  This individual weighed 142 lbs.

This is a CT scan of the left navicular of USNM 270807. 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.