Chicken Wing Dissection


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Chicken Wing Dissection

  1. 1. Grp#/ Name: _______________________________________Section: _________________ Date:______________<br />Biology 2 Laboratory<br />Every Flex is Quite Complex: Structure and Function in a Chicken Wing<br />Question<br />How do the tissues of a chicken wing work together during movement?<br />Lab Overview<br />In this investigation, you will carefully examine and dissect the tissues of a chicken wing to learn about its structure and to discover how bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin work together and function in movement.<br />Introduction in the Prelab Activity, you will study the structure of the human arm and consider how this maybe similar to that of a chicken wing. During the lab, keep in mind that the structure of raw chicken may contain several different disease-causing species of Salmonella bacteria. To avoid infection, do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth at any time while working with the chicken wing.<br />Prelab Activity<br />On a sheet of pad paper, draw and label the gross internal structure of the human arm with the following structures: muscles (biceps brachii, brachialis, brachioradialis, triceps brachii, flexor carpi, extensor carpi), bones (humerus, radius, ulna, carpals, metacarpals, phalanges), and associated tendons.<br />Refer to your drawing as you discuss the following points below:<br /><ul><li>Which bone(s) is (are) found in the upper arm? Which bone(s) is (are) found in the lower arm?
  2. 2. Muscles can only pull, they cannot push. Therefore most muscles work in pairs. Name the antagonistic pairs of muscles that a) causes the elbow to flex and extend, and b) causes the wrist to bend upward and downward.
  3. 3. How do you think the structures in a chicken wing will be similar to those in the human arm. How do you think they will be different? Justify your answers.
  4. 4. Construct a flowchart that explains how muscles contract (summarize the sliding filament theory)</li></ul>Submit this before performing the dissection.<br />Materials<br />Raw chickenantibacterial soap<br />Paper platealcohol (disinfectant)<br />Plastic glovesscissors with pointed ends/scalpel (provided) <br />Procedure<br /><ul><li>Wear gloves. Wash and pat chicken wing dry and place it on the paper plate.</li></ul>Part A: Comparing the External Structure and Function<br /><ul><li>Sketch the external structure of the chicken wing and label the following parts: upper wing, lower wing, joints, wing tip.
  5. 5. Compare the external structure of you arm with the external structure of the chicken wing. To compare, flex and extend your elbow and then your wrist. Then flex and extend the joints of the chicken wing. Record your observations below.
  6. 6. List three similarities and differences between the human arm and the chicken arm that you would like to explore further.</li></ul>Part B: Examining the Skin<br /><ul><li>Use the scissors or scalpel to cut under the skin of the upper wing down to the first joint. Repeat for both sides of the wing.
  7. 7. With your fingers, pull the skin of the upper wing away from the pinkish muscle. The now-visible film-like tissue that attaches the skin to the muscle is called the hypodermis. Just as in humans, the hypodermis is the connective tissue layer underlying the dermis of the skin. Compare the characteristics of the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) to the hypodermis. Record your observations here.
  8. 8. Completely remove the rest of the skin from the upper part of the chicken wing. In sections where the skin and muscles are strongly attached, use scissors to cut the skin away from the muscle. Be careful not to cut into the muscle, tendons or ligaments as you remove the skin.
  9. 9. Repeat steps 5-7 to remove the skin from the lower wing.
  10. 10. Once the skin has been removed, observe its elasticity by stretching it in different directions. Does the skin stretch in one direction more than another? Record your observations below.</li></ul>Part C. Examining the Muscles <br /><ul><li>With your fingers, gently separate the muscles from each other. Notice the layers of loose connective tissue between the muscles. In the space below, sketch an outline of the chicken wing. Draw in the muscles you observe.
  11. 11. Pull on each muscle one at a time to observe its action on different parts of the wing. Observe what happens to the nearest joint. Locate each muscle’s opposing pair. Color-code the opposing muscle pairs in your sketch.</li></ul>Part D: Examining the Tendons, Bones, Ligaments and Cartilage<br /><ul><li>Follow the muscles one at a time to the joint between the upper and lower wing. Cut the shiny white tendons that connect the muscles to the joint and remove the muscles.
  12. 12. Examine the bones of the upper part and lower part of the wing. Sketch them in the space on the right.
  13. 13. Observe the joint between the upper and lower wing. What type of joint do you think this is? Explain your answer.
  14. 14. Look for shiny white ligaments holding bones together at the joint. Cut the ligaments so that the joint falls apart.
  15. 15. Observe the cartilage that covers the ends of bones, record your observations below.</li></ul>Analysis and Conclusions (you may use the back of this sheet for your answers)<br /><ul><li>Review the questions you brainstormed in Part A, #4. During the investigation, did you find the answers to your questions? If so, write your answers here, if not, design an experiment that you could perform to find the answers.
  16. 16. Describe the roles of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments in movement.
  17. 17. How does the structure of cartilage fit its function?
  18. 18. How does the structure of skin helps enable movement?
  19. 19. Sort the following observed structures as either epithelial, connective or muscle tissue: ligaments, hypodermis, bones, tendons, cartilage, muscles and epidermis