is our purpose in this electronic document to describe the contents
of our Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections and to enable
viewers to see examples of images and information
about each of the specimens that have been sectioned, stained
and mounted on slides. By browsing these electronic archives,
viewers can see photos of brains
that show what the brains of different mammals look like, find
a list of all specimens,
as well as view an array of serial
sections from a few interesting animal brains.
bear with us as we assemble these pages. We want the images and
ideas to excite your curiosity. If you have suggestions or special
requests, or wish to see certain images that aren't here, please
write us a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org
these electronic pages, we hope to clarify for viewers the importance
of studying comparative brain anatomy, with particular emphasis
given to what can be learned about brain functions as well as
brain evolution from comparative studies of neuroanatomy. To illustrate
what we mean, viewers will see sections through the same parts
of the brain in a variety of different mammals, each of which
has a different set of specialized behavioral repertoires and
ecological adaptations. We believe that by carefully studying
specific neuroanatomical differences which can be seen in different
brains, that the curious student will begin to understand how
similar brain circuits, differently connected and arranged in
different animals, can be expressed as different behaviors and
sensory capabilities which cause each species to choose those
habitats that it does.
is our hope that the information which we provide in th is format
will inspire students, scholars and researchers to browse these
electronic archives with heightened curiosity about the brain.
We wish to enable viewers to better understand how different brains
are designed and hard-wired so as to result in the behavioral
and ecological differences that are so obvious to casual observation.
various sections of this electronic document we provide a list
of available specimens that have been sectioned, stained and mounted
on glass slides. From this list, viewers can link directly to
information (and images) about any specimen
to learn about each animal, as well as see examples of stained
sections showing internal architecture of the brain.
will discover why these brain collections
were prepared, review the history of
their development, find out methods
used to prepare the specimens, as well as who prepared the collections.
Viewers will also find a list of past users and contributors to
the collections, along with a bibliography
of studies carried out using these collections.
students and scholars can find out where
the brain collections are currently located and how to access
and use them. The eventual transfer of these collec tions to the
National Museum of Health
and Medicine will be described.
hope that these presentations will enable browsers to develop
an interest in brain study, see what brains of different mammals
look like (both externally and when sectioned and stained) and
want to visit the brain collections
in Madison, East Lansing, and Washington DC to carry out in-depth
neuroanatomi cal research.
can provide images on request. From the Feedback
page viewers can request and receive images of special interest
to them. Thus, for example, a viewer who requests a cell-stained
section through a particular location in the visual system, will
be able to view and download such an image.
also hope that our electronic publication will be a first step
in the development of an International Directory of Brain Collections
which will provide broad access worldwide for comparative neuroanatomical
study of the nervous system.