The Embryological Development of the Human Face

Material used: Spanish Alabaster

The human face during development in the embryo goes from looking like some very exotic wild creature to being wrenched into having sideways facing eyes and a cleavage in the skull to finally pulling its features forward facing. While ontology may not fully recapitulate phylogeny, it is hard not to think that this is at least a part of what is going on in these gnarled contortions. This extreme resculpting that embryos undergo is the result of bolting  so many different systems together during evolution in our remarkable journey from flagellate marine algae to human beings.