Human Organ Systems - Superficial Organs

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Human Organ Systems – Superficial Organs

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Superficial anatomy (also called surface anatomy) is a descriptive science dealing with anatomical features that can be studied by sight, without dissecting an organism. In particular, in the case of human superficial anatomy, these are the form and proportions of the human body and the surface landmarks which correspond to deeper structures hidden from view, both in static pose and in motion. It is also called "visual anatomy".

 

In addition, the science of superficial anatomy includes the theories and systems of body proportions and related artistic canons.

 

Studying of superficial anatomy is the basis for depiction of human body in classic art.

 

Some pseudo-sciences such as physiognomy, phrenology and palmistry rely on superficial anatomy. (The relation is one-sided, like that of astrology to astronomy.)

 

This is a list of superficial anatomical features. That is to say, externally visible parts of the body in humans and animals.

 

This list is sorted roughly from cranial to caudal.

 

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