Life cycle of a frog and carnation

    Date
    1669
    Creator
    Jan Swammerdam (1637 - 1680, Dutch) , Biologist
    Creator - Organisation
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (plate): 277mm
    width (plate): 178mm
    Subject
    Biology
       > Zoology
          > Herpetology
    Biology
       > Botany
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > frog
    nature
       > plant
    Description
    Biological study comparing the life cycle of a frog with a carnation. Six figures showing the stages of metamorphosis of a frog alongside nine figures depicting the changes of a plant.

    Inscribed ‘TAB XII QUARTUS ORDO. Nympha vermiforms. Wurm gelyk popken.’

    Plate 12 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
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > Netherlands
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.12611
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