Human (Homo sapiens)
The Grey Parrot Anatomy Project has been established in part to improve upon and create technology that allows the world to study anatomy of any animal. While the focus is on the grey parrot, the methodology being developed has already been used on birds, mammals (including humans), reptiles and more. One of the advances has been the development of BriteVu®, a new contrast agent that allows researchers to see vasculature (with the aid of a CT scan) down to the capillary level. Dr Bruce Wainman of McMaster University in Canada worked with the body donor program to perfuse this human head with BriteVu®. This was the first CT data set that demonstrated the blood vessels of the human head with such great detail. Images such as these are re-writing our understanding of anatomy even in those species that have been regularly studied for over a thousand years.