Fish anatomy specimen. The veterinary anatomical sheet plastination specimen shows relevant anatomical details of the morphology and topography of fish like heart, brain, air bladder, spinal cord, finns, etc. From a animal welfare point of view the position of the fish heart and brain are particularly relevant. Only exact knowlegde of the position of these two fish organs makes sure that fish do not suffer more than necessary during slaughtering. Observing the normal size of the air bladder also makes clear how moving fish from deep water to the surface can cause the typical signs of barotrauma: bulging eyes and bloated abdominal area. Most important the real fish anatomy specimen allows understanding how complex and fascinating even a small fish is inside. This results in more respect for fish and any living organism. You can buy this print at the plastination shop. Also find many real anatomical outlet plastinates and prints at www.plastination-shop.com
The use of plastinates in schools, museums and other institutions was the subject of an oral presentation from Dr. Christoph von Horst at the EAVA congress in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria). Veterinary anatomists from all of Europe, the US, South America, New Zealand and Australia heard about how plastinates can be adapted to the needs of a wider range of users. The tension between aesthetics and the scientific message played a major role in the speach. Co-author of the presentation was Prof. Dr. Robert W. Henry (President of the World Association of Veterinary Anatomists). Henry and von Horst also presented a scientific poster that suggests a change of the anatomical nomenclature (Nomina anatomica veterinaria) for the equine maxillary sinuses.
The German Newspaper “Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung” reported on the 14th of April 2012 that Dr. Gunther von Hagens recently finished plastinating the “crucified Jesus”. The specimen, which is a combined bone- / blood vessels preparation, shall be carried over the alps all the way to Rome. You can find the German online article here: http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/wissenschaft/Gunther-von-Hagens-Jesus-am-Kreuz-als-letztes-grosses-Werk-id19564271.html.
The article also shows a picture of the “Sitting Act” plastination from Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The city of Augsburg did not allow the presentation of this “Sex-Plastinate” in the context of the Bodyworlds exhibition in the past. The Augsburger Allgemeine had also published an article about my own plastination of animals a while ago.