Evolving Embryology

Jan Sapp

in Genesis

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156195
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790340 | DOI:
 Evolving Embryology

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This chapter discusses the development of embryology. Experimental embryology, which began in the 1880s, aimed to discover the actual physicochemical processes by which the adult developed from the egg. Referred to by its founders as “developmental mechanics”, it originated from the premise that organisms could be understood in the same way as machines. Its findings however, caused biologists to stand back somewhat as their studies revealed a complexity of development that confronted the general aim of understanding the organism in terms of its parts. Many leaders of the new generation of experimental embryologists opposed the concept of organisms as constituting a cell state.

Keywords: experimental embryology; cell state; elementary organisms; epigenesis; preformation

Chapter.  3984 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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