Ernst Haeckel Octopus Illustration

Free public domain Ernst Haeckel Octopus Illustration from the 19th-century book Art Forms in Nature.

Ernst Haeckel Octopus Illustration

One of the most popular scientific illustrations from Ernst’s Haeckel’s famous work, Art forms in Nature (Kunstformen der Natur.) This free Ernst Haeckel Octopus Illustration is one of over 100 antique prints depicting the flora and fauna of the 19th century. Now in the public domain, this groundbreaking work helped mainstream the study of evolutionary biology and Darwinism.

Love this vintage octopus illustration? Learn more about your favorite Cephalopod below!:

    Octopuses belong to the Octopoda order which includes 289 different species.
    The word ‘octopus’ evolved from the Greek word, Oktopus, meaning ‘eight-foot.’
    An octopus has such a strong sense of touch that it can actually taste what it touches.
    Those aren’t tentacles, they’re arms!