Serendip is an independent site partnering with faculty at multiple colleges and universities around the world. Happy exploring!

Remote Ready Biology Learning Activities

Remote Ready Biology Learning Activities has 50 remote-ready activities, which work for either your classroom or remote teaching.

This web exhibit was first built in 2000 by Patricia Anne Kinser, Haverford College, under the direction of Paul Grobstein, Bryn Mawr College. The updated version of Comparative Neuroanatomy and Intelligence is now online at This old version has been archived in place, and will continue to be available for teachers and students who are using it.

Home Page

Compare Brains

Compare Brain and Body Sizes

Compare Brain Structures- Slices and Slides

The Neuron- Up Close and Personal

The Question of Intelligence




The Rat Forebrain

Rat Forebrain Image

Now we are looking at a cross-section of the forebrain of a rat.

This picture is a good illustration of the cerebral cortex at the frontal lobe of the brain. You can also see the body of the corpus callosum which is the structure connecting the two hemispheres of the brain. The white elliptical openings within the brain are ventricles. You can also see midbrain structures in this image. What else do you notice about this image??

Does this look different than what you saw in the human and monkey forebrains???? What is similar? What is different? Go back to the human forebrain. Or go back to the cat forebrain page. Do you notice any differences in the amounts of or degree of folding of the neocortex?

Click on the brain for an even closer look at the cells which make up all of these brain structures. Or click on a button below for a more in-depth discussion of the structures and functions seen in this and other pictures.

Now, let's slice the frog brain

I want to know more about these structures and their functions

Go back to the sagittal view of the rat brain

What's the point? On towards magnification

Huh? Can we start over?

| Forum | Brain and Behavior | Serendip Home |

Send us your comments at Serendip

© by Serendip 1994- - Last Modified: Wednesday, 02-May-2018 11:57:52 CDT