Creators of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley, had a mission to conserve and present the biological wonders of nature featured in the exhibit for anatomical study. The exhibition is designed to show visitors how unique and incredible animal adaptations can be – while highlighting the similarities between humans and animals – leading to a greater respect and appreciation for all animals. In this exhibition, visitors will learn about the following anatomical principles:
From tiny insects to full-grown mammals, most animals have a skeleton of some sort, whether it is an endoskeleton which vertebrates have or the exoskeleton of invertebrates.
Muscles, tendons and ligaments
From the large running and leaping muscles of a reindeer to the specialized muscles of a bull’s heart pumping blood and nutrients around the body, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT reveals how most animals have muscles.
Internal circuit of the nervous system
The nervous system is a vast and complex network connecting the brain, the spinal cord and all parts of the body, channeling a constant flow of data. The nerve fibers that carry this vital information can be finer than a human hair and are invisible to the naked eye.
The birds and the bees
After feeding, reproduction is the most essential of an animal’s activities, and evolution has developed a vast number of different ways for animals to reproduce.
Breathing and eating
The lungs and digestive tracts of animals, such as the reindeer, reveal the intricate detail of some of the major organs in the body. Humans share many of the breathing and eating characteristics with animals.
Wildlife conservation and preservation
By learning how similar animals and humans are, visitors will be able to gain a new appreciation for the importance of animal conservation.