Embryology of Dolphins

Staging and Ageing of Embryos and Fetuses of Some Cetaceans

  • Oldřich Štěrba
  • Milan Klima
  • Bernd Schildger

Part of the Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 157)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Oldřich Štěrba, Milan Klima, Bernd Schildger
    Pages 1-8
  3. Oldřich Štěrba, Milan Klima, Bernd Schildger
    Pages 9-9
  4. Oldřich Štěrba, Milan Klima, Bernd Schildger
    Pages 11-17
  5. Oldřich Štěrba, Milan Klima, Bernd Schildger
    Pages 19-44
  6. Oldřich Štěrba, Milan Klima, Bernd Schildger
    Pages 45-121
  7. Oldřich Štěrba, Milan Klima, Bernd Schildger
    Pages 123-125
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 127-133

About this book


Comparative embryology has been neglected in the past decades. In our opinion the decreased interest has been caused by the fact that the time factor has not suffficiently been respected. Therefore we used the Stageing and Ageing Method (Sterba 1995) to determine the ontogenetic age of embryos and to state the time tables and time relations of various ontogenetic events. We examined 167 embryos and fetuses of four dolphin species (collection Dr. Senckenbergische Anatomie, Franfurt am Main). The study of intrauterine development and growth while consistently respecting the time factor enabled us to determine the time course of organogenesis of all organ systems. The resulting comparison with other mammals detected the time lag in ossification, retardation of odontogeny, the time of the origin and development of the fluke, dorsal fin and flipper, etc. We believe the Stageing and Ageing Method serves for a much more efficient evaluation of existing embryological collections which very often contain embryos of unknown age.


comparative embryology development embryology intrauterine development odontogenic age ontogeny organogenesis

Authors and affiliations

  • Oldřich Štěrba
    • 1
  • Milan Klima
    • 2
  • Bernd Schildger
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biology and ZoologyUniversity of Veterinary and Pharmaceutic SciencesBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Dr. Senckenbergische Anatomie, Institut IIIJ.W. Goethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany
  3. 3.Tierpark DählhölzliBernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-67212-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-57297-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0301-5556
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-7065
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