Dissection of a Fetal Pig
Purpose: For students to be able to locate, identify and give a function for the structures in regard to the fetal pig and the human torso.
Materials: 1. Fetal Pig
3. Dissecting Pan
1. Note the external anatomy of the fetal pig, take note of the umbilical cord and locate the small nipples.
2. Determine the sex and age of your pig.
3. Insert a point of the scissors into one corner of the specimen's mouth and cut posteriorly for 1.5 inches, repeat on the other side.
4. Examine the tongue and small, undeveloped teeth of the pig.
5. Note the ridge of the mouth, or the hard palate. Posterior to the hard palate, the region becomes smooth, called the soft palate. Examine these.
6. Push down the jaws far enough until you see the pharynx.
7. Make the various thoracic cuts as outlined in the lab.
8. Make various abdominal cuts as outlined in the lab.
9. Cut away the neck region until you have found the thymus.
10. Probe down into the deeper layers of the neck until you have found the larynx, trachea, and esophagus.