Major figure in early phylogenetics; founded the world's first important marine station, leading to key developments in experimental biology. He studied the phyogenetics of arthropods using embryological and comparative anatomical data and advocated the annelid theory of vertebrate origins. His father Carl August Dohrn was an independently wealthy entomologist from Stettin (then in Prussia, now in Poland). Friend of Thomas Huxley, among others. Trained numerous morphologists, including many Americans.
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