Generation of Animals

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The Generation of Animals (or On the Generation of Animals; Greek Περὶ ζῴων γενέσεως; Latin De Generatione Animalium) is one of Aristotle's major texts on biology. It describes the means by which animals reproduce.



  • Part I: overview - the generative organs - generative secretions - theory of sex-generation
  • Part II: generation in different animals
  • Part III: causes of sex - heredity - teratology - altricial and precocial young - milk - gestation
  • Part IV: development after birth

Arabic translation[edit]

The Arabic translation of De Generatione Animalium comprises treatises 15-19 of the Kitāb al-Hayawān (The Book of Animals).

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