Brains, brains, brains!
June 16, 2005 8:17 AM   Subscribe

Brain Biodiversity Bank Atlases “A world resource for illustrations of whole brains and stained sections from a great variety of mammals” featuring Navigable Atlas of the Dolphin Brain | Burchell’s Zebra | Weasel | Tasmanian Devil | Axolotl and more. From Axolotl to Zebra, eh. This has been around for years, and maybe I’m the last to find it.
posted by KS (6 comments total)
posted by Gyan at 8:26 AM on June 16, 2005

This is really cool.

posted by OmieWise at 8:31 AM on June 16, 2005

Let the Terry Schiavo jokes begin...!
posted by twsf at 9:22 AM on June 16, 2005

Ha. That last link in the FPP goes to the Zoology 402 (intro neuroscience course) website. I'm actually teaching that course in the Fall. Axolotl brains. (That may have to change, I'm more partial to mammals myself.)

The more direct link to the Brain Museum is It's a joint effort by Michigan State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Most of the brain images are available for public use, provided you follow usage guidelines. I'm quite fond of the 9-banded armadillo brain myself, and use some shots of it on my own website.

The guy responsible for most of this is Dr. John (Jack) Johnson, quite a good guy. I've borrowed brain casts from his lab for several courses I've taught. When he retired, our lab took one of his old freezers... Man, that was weird. He left it full of specimens. Jars and jars of brains - horse brains, cat brains, kangaroo brains, you name it. If anybody wants a bunch of jars of random pickled mammal brains, he's the guy to ask.

(Confused me though, the first time I saw a copy of "Brushfire Fairytales" I couldn't figure out why the old guy in the Neuroscience department would be putting out an album of guitar music.)
posted by caution live frogs at 9:47 AM on June 16, 2005

Kind of recursive, learning about brains...
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:25 AM on June 16, 2005

Completely awesome - my girlfriend's gonna love this. Thank you.
posted by blendor at 11:07 AM on June 16, 2005

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