Dissection labs excite students and motivate them to ask probing questions about anatomical structures and processes, to identify patterns across species,
and to relate structure to function. When students reach high school, dissections can be used as evidence for model building and as empirical evidence to
support theories. Dissection of a small mammal is a hands-on approach for students to gather information on organs and organ systems necessary to
develop a model of interacting systems that is also applicable to larger mammals, such as humans.