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Over centuries, comparative anatomists marveled at the complexity of form and function in animals. For example, nineteenth century anatomist Charles Bell believed that the “designed perfection of the human hand could only have a divine origin.” His contemporary, Richard Owens, proposed that the remarkably similar patterns in the hands and feet of animals as diverse as whales, dinosaurs, bats and birds fit “the plan of the Creator.” Charles Darwin suggested that a common ancestor generated this diversity of the descendants that shared variations on the original limb pattern.
The latest exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature is a provocative look at the inside of animal bodies. A technique called plastination gives durable, graphic and artistic results that allow curious viewers to see and compare biological systems of many different species. 616 more words
Markle, Sandra. What if You Had Animal Hair? Illustrated by Howard McWilliam. Scholastic, 2014. $3.99. ISBN 9780545630856. Ages 6-8. P9Q8.
This is a companion to What if You Had Animal Teeth and What if You Had Animal Feet. 85 more words