D.A.V.E. is intended for use in an introductory course in
descriptive embryology. It can be used as a stand-alone
instructional tool or as a supplement to a more traditional,
microscope-oriented approach. One of the advantages of
using D.A.V.E. is the ease of moving between sections,
various planes of dissection, and stages of development.
D.A.V.E. also makes it possible for students and teachers to
view structures simultaneously, rather than trading looks
through a microscope.
D.A.V.E. includes whole mount, serial sagittal sections, serial
frontal sections, and serial cross sections for various stages of
development of frog, chick, and pig embryos. Unlike other
embryology atlases, the serial sections in D.A.V.E. are not
limited to representative sections, but include every section
from the series. This makes it possible for the student to trace
through successive sections observing the three dimensional
nature of structures, rather than being limited to "snapshots" of
Directions for locating key embryological features accompany
the images, and students are encouraged to follow these
guidelines as they explore the fascinating world of
development. I think you will find that the combination of verbal
descriptions and digital images will make this an enjoyable and
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