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The Interesting World of Monogastrics

Students in the Agricultural Science and Technology class examined many characteristics of the monogastric digestive system of a fetal pig.  Unlike polygastric (ruminant) animals that have multiple compartments to their stomach, monogastric animals have a simple digestive system.  This system contains one stomach that uses acids to breakdown food. This dissection also helped students get a 3-dimensional picture of how all the systems fit together in an entire organism. They had seen separate diagrams of many of the major systems previously, but they got to see how they are all arranged spatially through the dissection lab.