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Pig Dissection Provides Anatomy Lesson

March 31, 2015


Tiffany Harris

Slice of life: Dissecting a fetal pig are (from left to right) freshmen Michael Bridges and Tyrus Brown, student teacher Michelle Yang and freshman Cameron Galliard.

Biology students learned about anatomy this semester by dissecting piglets in class.
The piglets were donated to Southfield High after student teacher Michelle Yang requested the donation through the website.
“It was fun dissecting the pig,” said freshman Cameron Galliard. “I learned a lot about how the inside of the pig works, what really goes on, and what it looks like, but it smelled pretty bad.”
Galliard said he enjoyed making the incisions and seeing the piglet’s body parts.
Freshman Jalen Eppes said he learned that pigs have the same body parts as humans, and he learned where the lungs, heart and ribs are located inside the pig.
Students wore goggles and latex gloves during the process for safety reasons. Those students who did not want to do any cutting were allowed to watch the process, said Biology teacher Jennifer Bargardi.
Student teacher Yang, from Wayne State University, assisted Bargardi in helping the students dissect the piglets. All freshman Biology classes did the dissection lab.

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    Jordan spencerMay 6, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I wish I had a chance to learn about this….

  • R

    Rachel WhiteMay 5, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I wish I could do this!

  • K

    Kelsee WhiteMay 5, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I remember that. It was an experience.

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    Jen BargardiMay 5, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Great article! Ms. Yang did a wonderful job and I know the students really enjoyed the lab work.

  • E

    EmmanuelMay 5, 2015 at 7:53 am

    That’s pretty cool, to be honest.

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    Jade GainesMay 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Why don’t we do this more here?

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    NicoleApr 16, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    That’s disgusting! But cool at the same time.

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    Parker WrightMar 31, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Ewwww how gross.