Animal bodies: Inside the hide
BY KARA SPAK firstname.lastname@example.org March 15, 2013 6:48PM
Shark that is part of "Animal Inside Out" at The Museum of Science and Industry.
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Updated: April 18, 2013 6:23AM
The most inner workings of the animal kingdom are on display at the Museum of Science and Industry.
The museum is hosting the latest exhibition from the creators of “Body Worlds,” the blockbuster exhibit that displayed real human bodies, subject to a process called plastination, where water and fat are replaced by plastic so the body doesn’t decompose.
In “Animal Inside Out,” more than 100 animal specimens including a cow, giraffe, shark and ostrich, replace the humans.
Dr. Angelina Whalley, a physician and curator of “Animal Inside Out” and “Body Worlds,” believes visitors will come away with an appreciation of humans’ place in the animal kingdom.
“There are a very few human specimens (in “Animal Inside Out”) to make it very obvious we are one of them,” Whalley said. “We share the same biology, we have the same organs in us and we have the same needs to survive.”
The specimens on display were donated from zoos or private collectors. No animal was killed or harmed to become part of “Animal Inside Out,” she said.
Whalley believes children and adults will walk away with a deeper respect for animals after seeing their internal anatomy.
“Once you see how wonderful animals are made, how intricate, I am sure you will approach these creatures in a completely different way,” she said. “Normally we take nature for granted. (Nature’s) a gift.”
“Body Worlds” has been among the MSI’s most successful exhibits, and the museum will be the first in the United States to offer “Animal Inside Out.”