Virtual Dissections: Frog and Pig
The dissection of animals is important for many reasons. Carefully exploring the interior of an organism helps scientists understand the internal structures of animals. Looking at what lies beneath animal's skin gives them the opportunity to discover how organs and tissues are interrelated. A thorough exploration of the interior landscape also makes it possible for researchers to make comparison of organisms in terms of their organs, their functions, and relative complexities. Thanks to technology, there are a number of useful simulations of dissections that are readily available to us.
Among the common vertebrate organisms dissected in many labs are frogs and fetal pigs. Though these organisms belong to different species, they have many things in common. By examining the structure and function of their respective bodily components, we can learn much about living things. Use the resources below to perform virtual dissections on both a frog and pig.
Pig Virtual Disection
Frog Virtual Dissection
Cornell's University's BioG 1101-1104 site has information and detailed images about the morphology and physiology of frogs. This rich site also includes links to videos and quizzes.
You are responsible for understanding dissection procedures as well as the basic anatomy of the frog.