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Last week in my ich class we started doing a cladistics project with some clear and stained specimen. Cladistics in a nutshell is a way to classify organisms based on morphological characteristics.

The process of clearing and staining is kind of tedious but the results looks super rad. Basically it removes the pigment from the tissue and then after staining the bones are a purplie-red and the cartilage is blue making it really easy to identify different bones and such in the body. 

Here’s how you can clear and stain at home.