Wally Welker: Fascinating Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections
Check out the fascinating Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections maintained by Wally Welker, John Irwin Johnson, Adrianne Noe. http://neurosciencelibrary.org/Specimens/index.html
Choose two mammals from different species to compare.
Please stay away from humans and primates, as we have already discussed these in detail.
Firstly, summarize differences that you see in the organization of the brains.
Secondly, note how the differences in brain organization relate to what you know about the behavior of this species. Additionally, is there evidence of increased complexity related to intelligence in this case?
Wally Welker, John Irwin Johnson, Adrianne Noe
This web site provides browsers with images and information from one of the world’s largest collection of well-preserved, sectioned and stained brains of mammals. Viewers can see and download photographs of brains of over 100 different species of mammals (including humans) representing over 20 Mammalian Orders.
Also available are examples of stained sections from a wide variety of brains of special interest, including Humans, Chimpanzees, Monkeys, various Rodents and Carnivores, California Sealion, Florida Manatee, Big Brown Bat, American Badger, American Raccoon, Yellow Mongoose, Zebra, Cow, and the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. A complete list of all available specimens is available. How brain evolution has occurred is discussed.
Viewers will learn why these collections are important. Why and how they were assemble d. Why it is important to protect, preserve and also maintain them. Moreover, a variety of issues in brain science are in discussion.
For users who are interested in using any of our images for educational or research purposes, you have our permission to use them. But, they are not to be published and copyrighted since this would prohibit others from using the same images. At any rate, we request that you identify them as from the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections, as well as from those at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. Also, we request that you refer to the Web Site where you obtained them, as well as the fact that preparation of all these images and specimens have been funded by the National Science Foundation, as well as by the National Institutes of Health.