Diaphonized Specimens | Darwin and Wallace: A Nature & Fossil Store

Diaphonized Specimens


      Diaphonization is the process by which chemicals are employed to render the skin of an animal translucent, as well as break down flesh, while dyes are used to color the bones or cartilage. This process was developed by a G. Dingerkus and L.D. Uhler in order to have an alternative means of studying anatomy on smaller organisms without having to invasively dissect and risk damage to a specimen. This is a very time-consuming procedure that is very rarely used today in favor of more advanced and modern imaging technology. Though newer techniques may exist today, nothing can replace the beauty of a diaphonized (or “cleared and stained”) specimen.

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