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I'm confused about the fate map of a human embryo. Is it just a particular part of the embryo development or does it include everything, from the conception (germinal stage) to the day the baby is born?

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Are you talking about projects like this: http://embryo.asu.edu/pages/fate-map? –  Chris Apr 14 at 21:32
    
@Chris Yes, but it doesn't give any information about the fate map of a human –  user3264857 Apr 14 at 22:00
    
Ok, I will answer this later today. –  Chris Apr 15 at 9:27

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In the developing embryo you have the three germ layers: Endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm. From these layers all cell lineages of the body develop and can be traced back through their differentiation and migration to this three layers. Have a look on the image below, which illustrates this pretty nicely:

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The figure is part of this PhD thesis, which also seems worth reading when you are interested in this topic.

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Great figure! The thesis (p20) cites the image as "adapted from Gilberts Developmental Biology, Fourth edition, Figure 9.1." –  PlaysDice Apr 16 at 11:49
    
That is right. I don't have access to the Gilbert, so this should be ok. –  Chris Apr 16 at 15:02

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