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ERNST HAECKEL: ART FORMS IN NATURE

ECHINIDEA: Igelsterne (Echinodermata: Echinoidea)

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This plate shows the life cycle of sea urchins from larva to adult. The two month-old urchin stage center with its long, symmetrical, kinetic projections is only a millimeter long. Haeckel's detailed depiction of the intricate forms and of the process of cell division is a credit to advances in design of the microscope, especially the apochromatic lens system, developed in 1868 by Ernst Abbe.

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Curated by Ann Weissmann, Exhibitions Curator MBLWHOI Library





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