Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Plastinated ostrich on display

Are you familiar with "Body Worlds" and "Bodies... The Exhibition"? The companies prepare cadavers for public viewing, turning the bodies into incredibly educational displays by removing all water and fatty tissue and replacing them with polymers. I viewed the latter in Las Vegas and felt enthralled by the exhibition, which included a lot of information (with a touch of humor) with the dissected bodies and colored organs.

The creator of Body Worlds, Dr. Gunther von Hagens, recently unveiled an ostrich plastinate (and a giraffe plastinate) in "The Story of the Heart" exhibition at the California Science Center. Seen before only in Germany, the ostrich plastinate shows how that species' cardiovascular system differs and mirrors the human cardio system.

Body Worlds 3 -- with the ostrich specimen -- will remain at the California Science Center in Los Angeles until early September.



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