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Animal set w/Pig, 9 specimens

Item# PM-SPEC-3

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This set of nine medium-sized preserved animal specimens includes a fetal pig (7-9"+), grass frog (3"+), earthworm (6-8"), Lubber grasshopper, crayfish (3-4"), clam (3-4"), perch (5-7"), starfish (3-5"), and Grantia (sponge).
Ages 12+

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Animal set w/Pig, 9 specimens

Item# PM-SPEC-3

This set of nine medium-sized preserved animal specimens includes a fetal pig (7-9"+), grass frog (3"+), earthworm (6-8"), Lubber grasshopper, crayfish (3-4"), clam (3-4"), perch (5-7"), starfish (3-5"), and Grantia (sponge). None of these specimens are injected with colored latex. Good for high school dissection labs. Packaged together in one bag.

Specimen quality in this set is usually higher than the average quality of our 7-piece set. The sizes we receive from our supplier are frequently a bit larger than the sizes indicated, although we cannot guarantee the larger size.

Note: Specimens are initially preserved with a formaldehyde solution, the best animal tissue fixative. The formaldehyde is then displaced first with water and finally with a glycol solution to produce a moist, low-fume specimen which will not decay over time. Plan to use specimens within one year of purchase to ensure the best tissue quality. Specimen discoloration and dryness over time is normal and does not indicate decay.

Store your specimens at normal room temperature—refrigeration is not required. Storage in attics or garages at high temperatures will damage the specimens. Once opened, specimens can be resealed in a zip-lock bag to prevent them from drying out for later use.

Crayfish specimen will include at least one cheliped to dissect; although, in some cases, it may be detached from the body.

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Great for home education Review by
The price on these sets makes them reasonable for use with small groups of even younger children. Pay attention to the sensibilities of the kids, of course -- particularly with the pig. But if you have elementary school students who are interested in biology this kit makes it affordable to give them a hands-on lesson. Do the dissecting part yourself, of course!
Excellent Value Review by
This set is an excellent value. The specimens are "medium" sized but large enough to get the job done. Reading some of the reviews I get the idea not everyone is using the "How to Dissect" book or HST dissection guides - both are highly recommended. Regarding complaints on the small size of the Grantia sponge...the several Grantia dissection guides I downloaded all specified using a dissection microscope. We used a 10X/30X stereoscope where our 10-yr-old daughter first observed the outer structure before slicing the little sponge in half and observing the inner structure. She was easily able to identify the main structures of her sponge using the dissection diagram we downloaded.
Great selection Review by
This package has a wide variety of specimens. I get them for my biology class, mainly to dissect the fetal pig and frog, but we do a 'pick your own' specimen for comparative anatomy of body systems using the 'extra' specimens.
The frog and pig are on the small side, so if you're looking for a beautiful, large frog or pig or are planning on dissecting them over several days/classes, purchase the larger ones. The injected specimens are worth the extra money if you're doing a more in-depth lab (HST carries injected pigs. You'll recognize them by the higher price and that they say they are injected.)
The price for this set of specimens is great, and will meet most dissection needs. I have been happy with them.
Specimens Review by
Sort of hard to give a review on a bag of dead specimens, but here goes: Items were securely packaged with no leakage (thank you). All items in the bag were in quality shape with no signs of shipping trauma and they have provided several hours of education whereas my son's 7th grade class has only tackled an earthworm. Looking forward to trying the newly listed specimens to dissect with the next order.
nice set. Review by
we are going to use this later, but everything looks good!!! fast shipping!

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