Ernst Haeckel – Kunstformen der Natur

By skiour / Posted on 27 July 2010

A lithographic print by German biologist Ernst Haeckel of Thalamophora

The central figure in this array corresponds to a large lens-shaped marine protozoan. Its half-shell is perforated by numerous small sieve-like holes out of which radiate hundreds of movable filaments. These protoplasmic threads serve for locomotion and absorption of food. The smaller specimens of the species display an astounding variety of geometric patterns, distributed with unfailing regularity on their ridged surfaces.





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