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The human foetus during the 5th month of development, showing a close-up of the skin covering the head. The ear is seen to the right. During the 5th month the body surface is covered by thin silky hairs, which will disappear during the succeeding weeks. The foetus is lean, with little fat beneath the skin, which is protected by a thick oily secretion of the external glands.
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