- German biologist who discovered gill slits and branchial arches in bird and mammal embryos.
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The clavicle is stated by Rathke to be at first continuous with the coraco-scapular plate.
The succeeding changes have been somewhat differently described by Klliker and Rathke.
Mr. Newport has described the course of this concentration in insects; and by Rathke it has been traced in crustaceans.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
Later in the same year Rathke discovered gill-slits in the chick, in this case finding only three.
In this paper he confirmed Rathke's discovery, and described the slits and arches in the dog and the chick.