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The evolution of man: a popular exposition of the principal points of human ontogeny and phylogeny. From the German. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co.
  • Ernst Haeckel
    1834–1919
    born: Potsdam, Germany ; died: Jena, Germany ; active: Germany
  • The evolution of man: a popular exposition of the principal points of human ontogeny and phylogeny. From the German. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1883
  • Where object was made: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Spencer Research Library, Department of Special Collections, Ellis Omnia C684
  • Not on display
  • EL2009.018
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
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Exhibitions

Exhibition Label:
"Trees & Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature & Culture," Mar-2009, Steve Goddard
The German biologist and artist, Ernst Haeckel, was an avid supporter of Darwin who did much to popularize evolutionary theory. As an artist he is known for the vivid, chromolithographic illustrations to his monograph Kunstformen der Natur (Artforms of Nature). In this diagram, originally published in German in 1874, Haeckel depicts human evolution as a literal manifestation of Darwin’s own metaphor for evolution,
“The Great Tree of Life.”