Spring 2020 Semester

Dr. Aaron Ament

Instructor, Cadaver Lab Supervisor

Department of Biology

Minot State University

MSU Spring 2020 SEMESTER


(from Monday, January 20    to    Friday, January 24)


  • A practice study handout for BIOL 221 has been added.  It does not include everything that will be discussed in lab, but has some helpful photos you can practice labeling.   Focus your lab studying on just what is covered in the lab!

  • BIOL 220 SI (student instruction) is available via Lynn Vick on Wednesday from Noon to 1 PM, and Thursday from 11 AM to Noon.  In Moore 16.  Her phone is (701) 720-0137, and email is lynn.vick@ndus.edu 

  • ​The "tentative" drop in peer-tutor schedule for MSU is posted.  Please consider tutoring or going to SI sessions before the first lecture exam.

Last Updated:  Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 9:00 PM

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt.  This 1632 oil painting on canvas shows Dr. Tulp, a Dutch surgeon and the mayor of Amsterdam demonstrating a dissection of the left forearm and palm.  The book in the lower right corner is likely the 1543 ​De Humane Corporis Fabrica by Andreas Vesalius.  The corpse is Aris Kindt, who was convicted for armed robbery and hanged—then dissected later that same day.  It was common at the time to strictly limit cadaver dissection to executed criminals and sometimes unclaimed bodies. A close examination of the navel reveals the shape of a capital letter "R"—the signature of the artist (who was 26 at the time).  The poster on the back wall is also signed and dated by the artist.  Rembrandt incorrectly painted the flexor compartment muscles originating off the lateral epicondyle of the humerus instead of the medial epicondyle.  

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