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Image number: RS.12600
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Water fleas

Date

1669

Creator

Jan Swammerdam (1637-1680, Dutch), Biologist

Creator - Organisation

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (plate): 90mm
width (plate): 138mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology

Content object

nature
   > animal

Description

Zoological study of three water fleas, Daphnia, depicted in water.

Inscribed ‘TAB.I’

Plate 1 from Historia insectorum generalis by Jan Swammerdam published by Meinardus van Dreunen (Utrecht, 1669)

Jan Swammerdam (1637-1680) was a Dutch biologist and microscopist. He continued Robert Hooke’s observations of insects in more systematic research which employed a single lens microscope. From the late 1660s, he dissected and studied the development of these creatures, noting their internal organs and methods of reproduction – he concluded that insects were not the product of spontaneous generation.

Associated place

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