Category Archives: Virtual Dissections

Inside Nature’s Giants

Channel 4’s fantastic series has just ended in the UK (I’m back for a holiday), and I can’t wait for the DVD. This is the kind of natural history quality that the BBC normally has a monopoly on, but C4 have presented something outstanding here.

Fin Whale Dissection

Fin Whale Dissection

Over the four episodes, Mark Evans presents dissections of four giants of the animal world: elephant, whale, crocodile and giraffe. On hand is the expert anatomist Joy Reidenberg, who does a great job of taking apart and explaining their findings. Richard Dawkins takes the opportunity to point out some of the wonders of evolution in the animals, using anatomical and computer-graphic explanations. It’s great.

Embedded below are part one and part two of the second episode: fin whale. Rather than dissect at the Royal Veterinary College as normal, their challenge was to dissect this whale which washed up on the coast of Ireland before it exploded with decomposition.

If you can get 4onDemand, all four episodes are available online for a month. They are not available for download, but to really get the full effect, you need a high-quality image – so fingers crossed for the DVD!

For now, visit the official website for some clips and animal autopsy games.

Absorption of Digested Food Molecules

Download it here:  absorption-of-digested-foods.ppt

Virtual Fetal Pig dissection (digestive system) from Whitman

Zooming in – Intestine to epithelial cells (with comedy Lancashire accent) from UCLan’s Sonic Nursing project

Lots of digestion and absorption animations from Nutrition.jbpub.com

Absorption of monosaccharides (tutorial) from Colorado StateNew-Yorkers in search of poo-phoria (from Salon.com)

JD and Turk telling us how poo is used for diagnosis:

Dissections Online – eMints centre

This site has a list of virtual dissection resources available online.

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