Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel 16 February 1834 – 9 August 1919 was a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, marine biologist, and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including anthropogeny, ecology, phylum, phylogeny, and Protista. Haeckel promoted and popularised Charles Darwin's work in Germany and developed the influential but no longer widely held recapitulation theory ("ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny") claiming that an individual organism's biological development, or ontogeny, parallels and summarizes its species' evolutionary development, or phylogeny.
The published artwork of Haeckel includes over 100 detailed, multi-colour illustrations of animals and sea creatures, collected in his Kunstformen der Natur ("Art Forms of Nature"). As a philosopher, Ernst Haeckel wrote Die Welträthsel (1895–1899; in English: The Riddle of the Universe, 1901), the genesis for the term "world riddle" (Welträtsel); and Freedom in Science and Teaching to support teaching evolution. (Text description released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0 via Wikipedia)
I completely restored this image of drawings of various shells by Ernst Haeckel. There was a lot of repair to do, but his drawings are beautiful and intricate little masterpieces. I feel that I was able to bring out his genius in the way I respectfully restored this drawing. All Haeckel images are in the Public Domain at this point in time.
November 26th, 2018
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