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Streeter GL. A human embryo (Mateer) of the pre-somite period. (1920) Contrib. Embryol., Carnegie Inst. Wash. Publ. 272, 9: 389-424.

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The primitive groove can be seen very clearly in the sections (figs. 12, 13, and 14, plates 2 and 3), and can be traced into the most caudal sections. Where one would expect to find the primitive node the sections become very oblique, so that it can not be outhned with great certainty. It is probably represented, however, in figure 14, plate 3. In this region the ectoderm fuses more or less c; mpletely with the endoderm, and lateral to the point of fusion can be seen a flattened area of mesoderm (fig. 13, plate 3). This mesodermal tissue is in the form of a reticula syncytium, which in most regions is closely attached to the ventral surface of the embryonic plate. It is somewhat more loosely attached to the endoderm by irregular trabeculae. In its more lateral areas it is slightly more condensed into a tissue from which are derived the somites and the more laterally situated unsegmented mesoderm. As to the presence of a head process there seems to be no evidence, although the oblique direction of the sections makes it impossible to rule it out with certaintj'. The most careful scrutiny, however, fails to reveal any sign of a head-process canal.

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