An excellent way for students to study mammal anatomy is to use a fetal pig for dissection. This large preserved fetal pig specimen measures 14 or more inches in length, and has vessels that are double injected with red and blue latex to make veins and arteries easy to identify. The genus and species of this large fetal pig specimen is Sus domesticus.
A fetal pig dissection is helpful for anatomy studies because the size of the organs make them easy to find and identify. It is also interesting to do because a lot of the internal anatomy of a pig is similar to that of a human! If you're interested in an anatomy overview, get our affordable Basic Fetal Pig Dissection Guide, which guides you through everything but the urogenital, circulatory, and nervous systems.
Note: Pig fetus dissection specimens are initially preserved with a formaldehyde solution, the best animal tissue fixative. The formaldehyde is then displaced first with water and finally with a glycol solution to produce a moist, low-fume dissection specimen which will not decay over time.
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Once the original package is opened, use specimen within one month. For best results, observe the following storage procedures:
- Store specimen in heavy-duty, zip-lock bags to minimize drying between dissections.
- Specimen will slowly dry out or become contaminated in zip-lock bags; add a teaspoon of Specimen Holding Fluid to retain moisture.
- Freezing or refrigeration is not necessary and may damage fragile tissues.
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