How to use this tutorial

This tutorial is designed so that there are a variety of pathways that can be followed from the welcome page. This allows students to quickly access information that they want to review. It most cases attempts have been made to allow students to easily move forward and backward between pages.

Bold colored text is used to highlight structures that are indicated by arrows of matching color. In figures numbers can have one of two purposes. They either identify a structure referred to in the text or they are active links that allow students to test their knowledge. If a hand occurs when the cursor is placed over a number it is an active link. Clicking on the number will activate that link.

Terminology is consistent with that found in Anatomy and Dissection of the Rat by Warren F. Walker, Jr and Dominique G. Homberger, W.H. Freeman and Company, NY 1997.

I would like to thank all the students I have had the pleasure of working with in the anatomy laboratory. Their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning encouraged me to continually strive for new ways to enhance their understanding. This tutorial is the product of that attempt.

The site was designed by P.A. Heithaus, an Instructor of Biology at Kenyon College. All photos presented here were taken by P.A. Heithaus using a Sony DKC-ID1 digital camera with a 12x zoom, that was purchased with funds from a grant to the Brown Family Environmental Center (formerly the Kenyon Center for Environmental Study) from the Rupp Foundation. Images were edited in Photoshop 10.0 and digitally optimized for web presentation. Full resolution originals can be obtained by contacting the author.

Interesting Anatomy Links

Cat Anatomy Tutorial, this site was developed in 1997 with support from a grant from The Howard Hughes Medical Institute. It was developed to assist Kenyon students in their study of cat anatomy. It provides a more indepth study of mammalian systems than is presented in the rat tutorial.

HHMI's interactive web, this site has some very interesting interactive videos of the human heart.

Guided tour of the Visible Human, this site provides an introduction to anatomy based on sections through the body and is supported by the Visible Human Project of the National Library of Medicine. It makes use of animation's to illustrate how the sections were made and to help you become oriented. Begin by following the link to cross-sectional anatomy.

The heart, this is a very thorough exploration of the heart with some excellent photos of internal anatomy

The human embryo, this site has excellent pictures of developing human embryos as well as sectional images through the embryo.

Human muscles, this site has a listing of all the muscles of the human body, their origins, insertions, and functions.

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