Atlas of Chick Development, 3rd Edition

Atlas of Chick Development, 3rd Edition,Ruth Bellairs,Mark Osmond,ISBN9780123849519


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Provides a comprehensive description of chick development from fertilization to hatching

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  • Remains the established standard—the only book providing a comprehensive description of chick development from fertilization to hatching
  • Contains more than 750 photographs and illustrations, including 410 labelled histological sections and 85 new high-quality plates, showing the major anatomical events from the earliest stages to 13 days of incubation
  • Includes more than 200 labelled and detailed scanning electron micrographs, showing various tissues in great detail
  • Leads the reader to important reviews on aspects of this rapidly moving field, along with extensive and updated references


The Atlas of Chick Development, Third Edition, a classic work covering all major event of chick development, is extensively updated with new and more detailed photographs, enlargements showing regions of special-interest and complexity, and new illustrations. The revised text and expanded illustrative material describe the intricate changes that take place during development, together with accounts of recent experimental and molecular research that has transformed our understanding of morphogenesis.

These wide-ranging updates make this book an essential resource for developmental biologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, poultry scientists, biochemists, immunologists, and other life scientists who use the chick embryo as their research model. Individuals joining this burgeoning area, ignited by the increased insight into events surrounding organ and tissue differentiation, will find this a valuable tool to help grow a basic knowledge of morphogenesis.


Developmental biologists and embryologists, molecular biologists, cell biologists, poultry scientists, students and teachers of developmental biology

Ruth Bellairs

BSc (hons) in Zooloy, University of Birmingham UK 1947 PhD in Zoology (Embryology), University of London 1951, supervised by Sir Gavin deBeer and Michael Abercrombie. Apart from brief periods in Anatomy Department, Cambridge and Department of Biology, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, academic posts have all been at UCL (University College London). Retired 1991 as Emeritus Professor in Embryology. Research predominantly on early chick embryos concerned mainly with problems of tissue interaction, gastrulation and segmentation. Founder member of Embryologists’ Club, the predecessor of BSDB (British Society of Developmental Biology). Served on several editorial boards, including JEEM (now Development) and Anatomy and Embryology. Publications: approximately 120, including 2 books, 5 edited books.

Affiliations and Expertise

University College London, UK

Mark Osmond

Affiliations and Expertise

University College London, UK

Atlas of Chick Development, 3rd Edition

  • Preface to First Edition
  • Preface to Second Edition
  • Preface to Third Edition
  • Note on Plates
  • Glossary
  • Some Highlights in the History of Chick Embryology
  • Chapter 1. The Hen’s Egg and its Formation
    • The Reproductive Tract of the Hen
    • The Oviduct
    • The Ovulation Cycle in the Laying Hen
    • The Vitelline Membrane (Perivitelline Layer)
    • Transport of Materials Across the Vitelline Membrane
    • Albumen and the Chalazae
    • The Egg Shell and its Formation
    • The Laid Egg
  • Chapter 2. Techniques
    • ‘Milking’ Hens
    • Storage of Eggs
    • Incubation
    • Stages of Development
    • Labelling Techniques
    • Culture Techniques
    • Grafting and Transplants
    • IN Ovo Techniques
    • Preparation of Serial Sections
    • Instruments
    • Common Abnormalities
  • Chapter 3. Early Stages
    • Fertilization and Pre-Laying
    • Normal Tables
    • The Early Post-Laying Stages
    • Gastrulation Movements
    • Ingression and Cell Migration Away from the Primitive Streak
  • Chapter 4. Establishment of the Embryonic Body
    • Head Process and Regression
    • The Tailbud
    • Neural Induction
    • Formation of the Neural Plate and Neural Tube
    • Regionalization of the Neural Tissue
    • Formation of the Notochord and Somites
    • The Lateral Plate Mesoderm and the Intermediate Mesoderm
    • The Neural Crest
  • Chapter 5. External Appearance and Polarity
    • Face
    • Origin of the Limbs
    • Growth of the Embryo
    • Apoptosis
    • Polarity: Symmetry and Asymmetry
  • Chapter 6. Heart, Blood Vessels and Lymphatics
    • Heart
    • Primary and Secondary Heart Fields
    • The Blood Vessels
    • Embryonic Blood Vessels
    • The Venous System
    • The Endothelial and Haemopoietic Stem Cells
    • The Lymphatics
  • Chapter 7. Urino-Genital System
    • The Urinary System
    • The Genital System
  • Chapter 8. Gut, Coelom and Respiratory System
    • Early Stages
    • The Intestines
    • The Coelom, Mesenteries and Respiratory System
    • The Respiratory Tract
  • Chapter 9. Nervous System
    • The Brain
    • Histology of the Spinal Cord and Development of the Fibre Tracts
    • Spinal Nerves
    • The Cranial Nerves and Ganglia
    • The Autonomic Nervous System
    • Organs of Special Sense
  • Chapter 10. Skeleton and Muscles
    • Skeleton
    • The Muscles
  • Chapter 11. The Integument
    • The Feathers
    • The Periderm
    • Beak and Claws
    • The Comb
    • The Uropygial Gland
    • Pigmentation
    • Innervation and Sensory Receptors in the Integument
  • Chapter 12. Endocrine Glands
    • The Pituitary Gland
    • The Thyroid Gland
    • The Parathyroid Glands
    • The Adrenal Glands
    • The Pancreas
    • The Gonads
    • Gut Endocrine Cells
  • Chapter 13. Extra-Embryonic Membranes
    • The Yolk Sac
    • The Amnion and Chorion
    • The Chorioallantoic Membrane
  • Photographic Plates
  • Appendices. Normal Tables
  • Appendix I. Normal Table of Eyal-Giladi and Kochav (1975)
  • Appendix II. Normal Table of Hamburger and Hamilton (1951; 1992)
  • Appendix III. Additional Normal Tables
  • References
  • Index

Quotes and reviews

"...concisely summarize the development of the different body systems and sections of the chick embryo. Readers are clearly directed to figures within the text and to the plates throughout the chapters." --Javima

" updated version of the only available publication dedicated to the chick essential reference text for developmental biologists and geneticists." --Nicole A. Theodosiou, Bowdin College, In Vitro Cell Development Biology

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