image swammerdam_j_1669_historia_insectorum_plate_12
Image number: RS.12611
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Life cycle of a frog and a plant

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 plant [Dianthus?]. 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

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   > Europe
      > Netherlands