“Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (February 16, 1834 – August 9, 1919), also written von Haeckel, was an eminent German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor 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, stem cell, and the kingdom Protista. Haeckel promoted and popularized Charles Darwin’s work in Germany and developed the controversial 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 book was released to Public Domain. You can download all the plates in high resolution from the Wikimedia Commons Website. There you can also find the legends for the plates and more information.
Haeckel: Batrachia (flying frogs), 1904.
Ernst Haeckel: Kunstformen der Natur (1904, Artforms of Nature).
Ernst Haeckel (left) with fellow field biologist, Nicholi von Miclucho-Maclay. Canary Islands, 1866.
Ernst Haeckel “Filicinae” (1904), Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms of Nature).