Related to my other question. I know that the coelom is derived from mesoderm.

Coelom seems to form during organogenesis within 3rd and 8th week of embryogenesis. However, that answer is not either enough exact or it is wrong.

I am reading the thing in Kimball 5e and Gilbert 9e, but cannot find an exact mention about the thing. I know for sure that the coelom develops within gastrulation and organogenesis, since it is forming from mesoderm.

When does coelom form exactly?

  • $\begingroup$ What species you have in mind? $\endgroup$
    – Marta Cz-C
    Feb 12 '12 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ @MartaCz-C It is not specified in the question given to me. Probably chick and human. I am not sure whether human's abdomic cavity can be classified as coelom so unsure about human $\endgroup$ Feb 12 '12 at 16:26

In humans, the coelom forms by the splitting of the lateral plate mesoderm, which occurs during weeks 4-5 (Sweeney, 1998).

Sweeney, LJ. 1998. Basic Concepts in Embryology. McGraw-Hill.


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