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Somatic Changes during Human Prenatal Life

Howard V. Meredith
Child Development
Vol. 46, No. 3 (Sep., 1975), pp. 603-610
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128556
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128556
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

A twofold synopsis is presented on human developmental anatomy prior to birth. The first portion of the paper focuses on conceptual perspective and the second part on factual understanding. Section 1 gives an overview of the wide assortment of somatic changes manifested in the prenatal segment of human ontogeny; it illustrates alterations occurring in number, kind, location, size, and shape of body components. Section 2 presents a chronological panorama of human anatomical modifications during prenatal life; it traces somatic changes from "zygote to embryo," from "embryo to fetus," and during "the fetal period."

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