How do animals move? Is it just forward and reverse? Anatomical direction describes the direction an animal moves, and where particular body parts are.
It is vital that you know the difference between dorsal and ventral.
It is also just as important to know the difference between anterior and posterior
Remember the fin of the shark that sticks out of the water is the dorsal fin - the one on it's back.
The head is Anterior to the front feet.
The shell is Dorsal to the stomach.
Decribe the location of the earthworms' brain in relation to it's nerve cord and aortic arches
After you've studied anatomical direction, test your knowledge with the Anatomical Direction Quiz.
Review different animals and their anatonmical direction below.