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Keimesgeschichte der Ascidie und des Amphioxus

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Keimesgeschichte der Ascidie und des Amphioxus


Urochordata--anatomy & histology
Chordata, Nonvertebrate--anatomy & histology
Chordata, Nonvertebrate--embryology
Book Illustrations


Engraved by W. Grohmann mostly after an image by Kowalevsky.
Embryology of the amphioxus and ascidian. The ascidian is depicted in figures 1-6: mature egg (figure 1), egg in cleavage (figure 2), blastoderm (figure 3), gastrula (figure 4), larva (figure 5), and cross-section of the larva (figure 6). The amphioxus is depicted in figures 7-12: mature egg (figure 7), egg in cleavage (figure 8), blastoderm (figure 9), gastrula (figure 10), young larva (figure 11), mature larva (figure 12), and cross-section of the developed amphioxus (figure 13).
Title from caption.


Haeckel, Ernst, 1834-1919
Grohmann, Wilhelm
Kowalevsky, Alexander Onufrievitch, 1840-1901


Ernst Haeckel's Anthropogenie, oder, Entwickelungsgeschichte des menschen, a simplified embryology textbook focusing on ontogeny and phylogeny, was first published in 1874. Challenged on the accuracy of its embryological illustrations and it's promotion of the recently developed theories of Darwin, the book's publication was the subject of much controversy. Many of the work's embryological illustrations were borrowed from previous textbooks, along with a few originals by Haeckel himself.


Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia





Original Format

1 print : engraving

Physical Dimensions

21 x 12 cm


Haeckel, Ernst, 1834-1919, Grohmann, Wilhelm, and Kowalevsky, Alexander Onufrievitch, 1840-1901, “Keimesgeschichte der Ascidie und des Amphioxus,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed October 25, 2020,