The Bodies Exhibit Essay

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Upon entering the Bodies Exhibit, we intruded on a group of students who was just starting their tour. The tour guide was giving an explanation of the human skull that was fairly stretched out by rod like needles in between each cranial bone to deeply express all the bones of the skull. All the facial bones were still attached. The skull appeared abnormally large because of the stretch but the position of the ethmoid bone became more visible and recognizable than before, which was very helpful. The tour guide also stated that the skull was of an adult male and there were numerous ways to identify a male from a female skull. Features of an adult male skull are larger, rounder and robust than of female, which are lighter, smaller and smoother.
The skeleton of a human was the next gallery we visited. I really enjoyed this room because I knew most of the names of the bones that was displayed. I was like look at that scapula sitting next to that sacrum sitting next to that mandible. Ha! The bones were not sporadically arranged as I just mentioned but I was excited to be able to name bones left and right. The cervical, thoracic and the lumbar vertebrae showed the major differences between them. The body of the lumbar was clearly larger than the cervical or the thoracic vertebrae and the spinous process of the lumbar was less elevated than the other two. Basically, the functions of the vertebrae were easier at the exhibit. I thought this (the exhibit) would have been a good learning experience for the midterm because most of the bones on display were labeled.
As we approached the room with the muscular system gallery, I really regretted not bringing my book to study. This room was really interesting because there was an entire man with a football in his hand and in a running position. His muscle was dissected in a couple of places to see the different layers of muscles. I thought it was pretty neat. The nails, toenails and some hairs of the eye brow were still intact. I don’t know how but it was easy to determine that we were looking at an Asian man and he had no skin attached. A tour guide came forth and gave a little learning lesson about the muscles. She located a lot of the muscles for us and answered a lot of questions. She located veins, all the muscles it takes to run in just one leg, and explained unrelated things like how they maintain the bodies and how they would never deteriorate. It’s a process where they make the bodies stiff and hard and give a plastic-like texture and most importantly they don’t stink! They had skin by itself with only the wholes of the eyes, mouth and genitals area missing. Also, I learned that humans do not use all their muscles at once; if we could we can lift up to 10 tons.
In the nervous system exhibit, it was a brain with all 31 pairs of spinal nerves intact on display which was really cool. It took them at least 2 or 6 years to actually accomplish this and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there first attempt. I...

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