Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Maybe this Bing.com is a Good Thing... made is easy this morning to bring up an interesting comparative anatomy website...


This site is a class project, authored by Duke University's Spring 2004 BAA 289L class, edited by the instructors, and put into Web format by the course head. We provide an anatomical photo atlas, with description of dissections and additional information about adaptations and specializations, for the following animals: domestic cat (Felis catus); domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus); beaver (Castor canadensis); grey short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica); pig (Sus scrofa); and rat (Rattus norvegicus). There is also a short page on the ankle of a grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). The students worked singly or in pairs, researching and writing their own dissectors as they went along. Undergraduates working singly were not required to write as many lab pages, and accordingly the pig, which is covered in many comparative anatomy texts, is not presented here in as much detail here as are the more unusual animals.

The site is intended for people who are interested in comparative or veterinary anatomy and who are not easily disgusted by preserved tissue dissections. Before you look, please be aware that the comparative anatomical photos can be "icky".
Click here if you want to know where the animal cadavers came from.
Click here if you want to see work done by the Spring 2002 class.
Pages may take a few seconds to load, because they include multiple photographs.

Finally, we apologize if the presentation is less than perfect. This project was the first experience of hands-on dissection for many of the students, many of whom will go on to medical or veterinary school.

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