Siamang, Indonesia (USNM 283563)

USNM 283563

Siamangs are apes and one of our closest living relatives. The Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Mammals (http://vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/) houses many siamangs in its scientific collections.

This specimen, USNM 283563 (http://collections.mnh.si.edu/search/mammals/?irn=7297726), is a male siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) from Indonesia. This individual was donated to the collection in 1948 by the Smithsonian National Zoo, but was originally captured on the island of Sumatra.

This is a CT scan of the cranium of USNM 283563. 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.