Preformation and Epigenesis in the Works of M. Malpighi

Giuliana Cingoli


The article analyzes the scientific debate arosen between Marcello Malpighi and Giovan Battista Trionfetti about the possibility of preformation in plants and living organisms, the existence of spontaneous generation and the meaning and usefullness of particular structures in plants, as folia seminalia.


Key Words: M. Malpighi - Embryology - Preformation - Spontaneous generation


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