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Drawing of homunculus after Hartsoeker 1694

Drawing of homunculus after Hartsoeker 1694

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NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Illustration of the concept of the homunculus, after a drawing by Hartsoeker in 1694. In the late 17th century, the ovists believed that the egg of a given organism contained a tiny version of that organism. This view persisted until the discovery of spermatozoa by van Leeuwenhoek in 1677. Thereafter, the concept of the homunculus became favoured, where a tiny but complete being existed within spermatozoa (or animalcules as they were then known). The animalculist view was first proposed by Nicolaas Hartsoeker (1656-1725). Debate between the ovists and animalculists continued throughout the 18th century.

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