If you’ve ever seen the real human dissections in BODIES: The Exhibition (or seen it in the James Bond movie Casino Royale), you may have been fascinated by seeing human cadavers plastinated with their skins peeled away, revealing the beauty and detail of our life-sustaining systems within: our nerves, our bones, our digestive tracts, and our flexing muscles — to name a few of our thousands of body parts.
Now, at the Natural History Museum in London, this preservation-for-exhibition process has been applied to other members of the animal kingdom — none of which were killed specifically for that purpose — in the new zoological section of anatomist Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds exhibit, according to io9. Like its predecessor, “Animals Inside Out” shows creatures we thought we knew in a different way — skinned, cut, and sliced in tasteful albeit non-culinary ways. Of course, if you couldn’t stomach the famous scene in The Godfather with the severed horse’s head, this exhibition (or following photos) may not be for you:
The gorilla, one of our closest relatives, shows off his muscles (and bloated belly) as it reaches for a tree branch.
It’s hard to tell if deer look more vulnerable or more menacing than they actually are, when their insides are showing.
Beef looks a lot different when it’s still attached to the head and face from where it came.
It took 64,000 hours to plastinate this elephant in a particular way to show off the anatomy of its muscles, skeleton, and organs.
Check out more photos of Animals Inside Out at Discovery News