Platyhelminthes Nervous System

Material used: Spanish Alabaster

Platyhelminthes are tiny (typically 1-30 mm) aquatic invertebrate flatworms. They were the first group of animals to develop nervous systems with ladder-like ganglia, and a central brain. Their bilateral symmetry is reflected in their internal organ design and their nervous and gastrointestinal systems are highlighted in this sculpture. This animal has remarkable regenerative properties and can even regenerate from a single tiny piece. It can also pass on learned behavior when fed to other Platyhelminthes.