De Beer, Gavin Rylands


1899–1972 British zoologist, embryologist and historianwho studied the relation between embryology and evolution and proved a gifted synthesizer of information on the development of the vertebrate skull and embryological development.

Keywords: evolution; development; recapitulation; zoology; historian

Further Reading

De Beer G (1926) An Introduction to Experimental Embryology. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

De Beer G (1937) The Development of the Vertebrate Skull. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

De Beer G (1940) Embryos and Ancestors. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

De Beer G (1945) Escape to Switzerland. London: Penguin Books.

De Beer G (1955) Which pass did Hannibal cross. Geographic Magazine October: 280–290.

Barrington EJW (1973) Gavin Rylands de Beer. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 19: 65–93.

Hall BK (1985) Foreword. In reprint of De Beer G, The Development of the Vertebrate Skull, pp. vii–xxviii. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Waisbren SJ (1988) The importance of morphology in the evolutionary synthesis as demonstrated by the contributions of the Oxford group: Goodrich, Huxley, de Beer. Journal of the History of Biology 21: 291–330.

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Cain, Joe(Apr 2001) De Beer, Gavin Rylands. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003424]