Muskeln und Nerven, published by Der neue Schulmann (c.a. 1960).
Pioneered entomology. Documented the life cycles of 186 insect species, including the transformation of caterpillars to butterflies. Proved definitively that insects do not spontaneous generate from mud, as believed by most contemporaries. Published her findings (including her detailed paintings) in German instead of Latin, allowing the non-scientists to understand insects. Went on a self-funded scientific expedition of Surinam, unheard of for women of her time, becoming the first European to observe and record much of the plant and insect life there. One of the first naturalists to observe insects directly. (Maria Sibylla Merian)
Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)
German naturalist. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, daughter of a Swiss engraver, Merian was both a botanical illustrator and naturalist. Between 1675 and 1680, she published three books, with hand-coloured engravings, on plants and caterpillars and their life cycle. She also studied and described the life cycles of 186 insect species. She was dismissed by the scientific establishment for not writing in Latin. From 1699 to 1701 she travelled to and worked in Surinam, discovering and classifying many unknown plants and animals. Her classifications and illustrations are still used by botanists and museums.
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 85: Ascidiacea
Leptomedusae Jellyfish, Kunstformen der Natur, 1904 (Earnst Haeckel)
Medusa (Geryonia proboscidalis), Kunstformen der Natur, 1904 (Earnst Haeckel)