The purpose of this guide is to describe the anatomy of the fetal pig as a representative mammal with references to human anatomy, using the learning tool of mammalian dissection. Fetal pigs are frequently used as representative quadruped (4-legged) mammals, as well as a comparison to the anatomy of humans; for the benefit of the later audience, this guide includes comparisons to human anatomy that are provided in italics. Important terms of anatomy are introduced in bold face type, which serves to emphasize them.
Going beyond the visual investigation of charts, models, lists of terms, and lectures, dissection engages the student to examine real structures using the additional sense of touch. This practical approach has the potential for opening up new dimensions of learning if it is taught properly, with reverence and respect for life. It is the goal of this guide to present pig dissection in a clear, step-by-step manner in an effort to make the learning experience meaningful and effective.
Bruce Wingerd has been teaching anatomy and related courses since 1980. He has written numerous textbooks, lab manuals, dissection guides, and multimedia resources in comparative mammalian anatomy, human anatomy, anatomy and physiology, histology, and medical terminology.