What is Anatomy? - Definition & History


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What is the anatomical study of animals known as?

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1. What anatomical study is Aristotle noted for founding?

2. Why was Leonardo da Vinci important to the field of anatomy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Anatomy is defined as scientific study that focuses on the physical structures/parts of organisms, and this worksheet and quiz duo are designed to test your knowledge of the history and study of anatomy. The quiz questions will ask you about some people and events that played an important role in learning more about anatomy throughout world history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the quiz, you will be assessed on your knowledge of the:

  • Anatomy Act of 1832
  • Importance of Leonardo DaVinci to the field of anatomy
  • Anatomical study of animals
  • Role of King Ptolemy in the history of anatomy
  • Anatomical area of study founded by Aristotle

Skills Practiced

This assessment and worksheet will help you develop your skills in these areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the history and study of anatomy from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the works of Leonardo DaVinci in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the anatomical discoveries made by the Egyptians and Greco-Romans and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about body snatching and resurrectionists

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson entitled What is Anatomy? - Definition & History to learn more about the history of human anatomy discoveries. You will cover these objectives in the lesson:

  • Differentiate between the numerous branches of anatomy
  • Learn how mummification helped forward the knowledge of anatomy
  • Know the key role Greek scientist Alcmaeon played in advancing anatomical understanding
  • Understand why the ancient Roman named Galen was able to study anatomy when human dissections were forbidden by law
  • Define plastination and identify how it is used to improve understanding of anatomy