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 the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the third edition
Some highlights in the history of chick embryology
Chapter 1: The hen’s egg and its formation
Chapter 2: Techniques
Chapter 3: Early stages
Chapter 4: Establishment of the embryonic body
Chapter 5: External appearance and polarity
Chapter 6: Heart, blood vessels and lymphatics
Chapter 7: Urino-genital system
Chapter 8: Gut, coelom and respiratory system
Chapter 9: Nervous system
Chapter 10: Skeleton and muscles
Chapter 11: The Integument
Chapter 12: Endocrine glands
Chapter 13: Extra-embryonic membranes
Plate Section: Includes 231 full-page Plates to illustrate chick development stages
Appendices: Normal tables

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."--JAVMA

" 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 IN VITRO CELL DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

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