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Olson, Daniel R.

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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Department of Biological Sciences


The human hand is challenging to study, due to having many narrow vessels and tendons packed together in a small space. Because of this, it is useful to have clear diagrams showing just a few structures at a time. From February to mid-March 2017, a human distal forearm was dissected and used as a model for six drawings in the style of a traditional anatomical atlas. These images are meant to be teaching tools for helping students identify structures, just like a professionally made atlas. During the dissection process, rough pencil sketches were made in the lab as new structures were exposed. Later, these sketches were redrawn in full color with colored pencil. To go with the drawings is a paper explaining the functions of the structures depicted. The first section will describe the nerves, vessels, fascia and bones. The second section will be devoted to the muscles. Rather than just listing each muscle’s function individually, this report will describe in detailed steps how the muscles work together in the process of picking up and tossing a ball with one hand. This should make it easier to visualize how the muscles in the distal forearm and hand function.

ebmay4completefinalcapstone.pdf (9016 kB)
This is a report on my dissection of a human forearm and the production of my own illustrated atlas. My report describes how the muscles work together in the hand to pick up a ball and toss it.

ebSEF Narrative Report.pdf (104 kB)
This is the final narrative I wrote describing my project, and how my SEF grant helped me accomplish my project goals.


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