Orangutan, Sumatra (USNM 283737)

USNM 283737

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 283737 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7297799), is a female Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) donated by the National Zoo in 1949.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 283737. 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.