Embryo Collections

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A personal message from Dr Mark Hill (May 2020)  
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I have decided to take early retirement in September 2020. During the many years online I have received wonderful feedback from many readers, researchers and students interested in human embryology. I especially thank my research collaborators and contributors to the site. The good news is Embryology will remain online and I will continue my association with UNSW Australia. I look forward to updating and including the many exciting new discoveries in Embryology!


Many universities and research groups hold collections of embryos from many model species. Very few have well-characterised collections of embryos showing human development.

There are also many groups now taking advantage of molecular methods and new imaging techniques to either re-evaluate historic collections, or analysing new embryonic material. Some of these new databases are being made available online for research purposes.

Links: Human Embryo Collections

Hubrecht Collection

Ambrosius Arnold Willem Hubrecht (1853 – 1915)

(Netherlands Institute for Developmental Biology in Utrecht, Hubrecht Laboratory)

In 2004 was relocated to the Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin. Incorporating the Hill collection.

  • The Hubrecht Laboratory[1] was founded in 1916 from Ambrosius Arnold Willem Hubrecht (1853-1915) personal collection[2].
  • The collection is for comparative embryology of vertebrates and includes a large number of animal embryos (also an associated historical library).
  • 600 species of chordate, in 175 families and 10 classes.
  • 2,000 wet specimens.
  • histological sections (A. Dohrn - Pisces, Amphibia, Reptilia; L. Bolk - Vertebrates; and W. Kückenthal - Cetacea)
  • material blocked out in paraffin but not sectioned.

Links: Hubrecht Collection | Ambrosius Hubrecht | Museum fur Naturkunde - Embryological Collection

Hill Embryological Collection

No relation to this Website's author/editor.

In 2004 this collection was relocated to the Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin.

  • James Peter Hill (1873-1954)
  • University of Edinburgh, Royal College of Science in London, 1892 demonstrator in Sydney, Australia.

Links: Hill Collection | Museum fur Naturkunde - Embryological Collection


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Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2020, July 10) Embryology Embryo Collections. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/Embryo_Collections

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