Fetal pigs are commonly used to study mammal anatomy. This medium-sized preserved pig dissection specimen has blood vessels that are double injected with red and blue latex to make veins and arteries easy to identify. The genus and species is Sus domesticus.
A fetal pig dissection is helpful for anatomy studies because the size of the organs makes them easy to find and identify. It is also interesting to do because a lot of the internal anatomy is similar to humans!
Through a fetal pig dissection, students can develop a better understanding of the:
- cardiovascular or circulatory system - through the identification & study of body parts such as the left and right ventricles of the heart, aorta, renal artery and vein, pulmonary artery, pericardium, superior vena cava, etc.
- digestive system - through the identification & study of body parts such as the esophagus, gallbladder, stomach, large intestine, small intestine, mesentery, rectum, etc.
- respiratory system - through the identification & study of the lungs, trachea, larynx, epiglottis, etc.
- reproductive system - through the identification & study of body parts such as the ovaries/testes, epididymis, umbilical arteries & umbilical cord, etc.
- urinary system - through the identification & study of body parts such as the urinary bladder, ureter, kidney, urethra, etc.
- endocrine system - through the identification & study of body parts such as the pancreas, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, thymus, etc.
- skeletal system - through the identification & study of body parts such as the skull, spine, ribs, scapula, etc.
- and so much more!
Fetal pig dissections provide a memorable and insightful learning experience for all ages! Whether through a dorsal or ventral viewpoint, students will learn so much as they closely inspect the complexities of a fetal pig's thoracic cavity, abdominal cavity, and more.
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: Specimens are initially preserved with a formaldehyde solution, the best animal tissue fixative. The formaldehyde is then displaced first with water and then a glycol solution to produce a pliable, low-fume specimen that won't decay over time.
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In sealed, original packaging, our preserved specimens are guaranteed to remain fully preserved and free of decay for six months from the date of purchase.
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.
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Formaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Methanol, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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