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Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and the First Embryological Evolutionary Model on the Origin of Vertebrates (2021)


Historiographical accounts typically place the formulation of the first embryological theory of the evolutionary origin of vertebrates after the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859). However, the French naturalist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire developed an embryological evolutionary model in the 1820s that followed the Lamarckian theory. Geoffroy was the first to establish a direct embryological relationship between vertebrates and invertebrates. This idea was not forgotten, and the embryologists Anton Dohrn and Carl Semper subsequently updated it in their annelid theory as part of a debate about the origin of vertebrates that occurred during the latter part of the nineteenth century. This paper reviews the traditional historiography, analyzing and integrating Geoffroy’s model into the current body of ideas.

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Authors & Contributors
Maienschein, Jane A.
Laubichler, Manfred Dietrich
Kranke, Nina
Herring, Emily
Weston, Nathaniel Parker
Simon, Christian
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of the History of Biology
Studia Historiae Scientiarum
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
International Journal of Developmental Biology
MIT Press
University of Pittsburgh
Evolutionary developmental biology
Developmental biology
Vertebrate zoology
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Semper, Carl Gottfried
Vandel, Albert
Garstang, Walter
Rütimeyer, Ludwig
Sarasin, Paul
Sarasin, Fritz
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
18th century

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