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Russian Journal of Marine Biology, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2004, p. 147.
Original Russian Text Copyright © 2004 by Biologiya Morya, Isaeva.
Recently, Professor Olga Mikhailovna Ivanova, a
fundamental ﬁgure of comparative and evolutionary
embryology, celebrated her 90th anniversary!
Ivanova’s autobiography, as well as her contribution
to embryology and to the scientiﬁc life of the Institute
of Marine Biology, was given in earlier publications
[8, 12] related to her election as the Institute’s Honored
Member in spring 1998. Thus, at present, I would like
only to mention that, out of Ivanova’s 10 books on com-
parative and evolutionary embryology, 7 [1–7] were
published by the Institute. In 1998, Ivanova presented
the Institute’s library with an extraordinary book col-
lection, the result of her and her husband’s, Artemii
Vasil’evich Ivanov, efforts.
Many of Ivanova’s original articles and reviews
were published on the pages of the Russian Journal of
Marine Biology. Her broad scope and high cultural
standards allow her to combine efﬁciently a compre-
hensive and rigorous analysis of scientiﬁc data with an
enthusiasm for embryology and comparative morphol-
ogy. The molecular biological ﬁndings made at the
close of the last century resulted in a fundamental revi-
sion of the former views on the phylogenetic relation-
ships between all major Metazoan taxa and in the
downfall of the former Phylogenetic Tree . Some of
the newly established relations seem unreal even now.
This is, however, of no surprise since the very sphere of
development, regeneration, and asexual reproduction is
essentially marvelous, with individual development
being especially amazing. In 1999, 2002, and 2003,
under Ivanova’s alias M.I. Kashkina’s, articles on
myphozoology were ﬁrst published in Biologiya Morya
[9, 11, 13], thereby initiating a series of scientiﬁc mys-
tiﬁcations in the journal. Recently, Ivanova’s mono-
graph on the general topics of myphozoology was pub-
lished , and a second edition is in preparation.
The present issue contains Ivanova’s new mythozo-
ological article. I would like to express my full approval
of the new area in the journal’s scope and hope that new
publications on the subject will come in the nearest
future. I also hope that a good tradition—publishing
communications related to April 1 in every April issue
of the journal—will continue in future.
1. Ivanova-Kazas, O.M.,
bespozvonochnykh zhivotnykh. Prosteishie i nizshie
(Comparative Embryology of Inverte-
brates. Protozoa and Lower Metazoa), Novosibirsk:
2. Ivanova-Kazas, O.M.,
bespozvonochnykh zhivotnykh: trokhofornye, shchu-
pal’tsevye, shchetinkochelyustnye, pogonofory
parative Embryology of Invertebrates: Trochophorata,
Tentaculata, Chaetognatha, and Pogonophora), Mos-
cow: Nauka, 1977.
3. Ivanova-Kazas, O.M.,
zhivotnykh. Iglokozhie I polukhordovye
Embryology of Animals. Echinodermata and Hemichor-
data), Moscow: Nauka, 1978.
4. Ivanova-Kazas, O.M.,
bespozvonochnykh zhivotnykh. Nizshie khordovye
(Comparative Embryology of Invertebrates. Lower
Chordates), Moscow: Nauka, 1978.
5. Ivanova-Kazas, O.M.,
bespozvonochnykh zhivotnykh. Chlenistonogie
parative Embryology of Invertebrates. Arthropoda),
Moscow: Nauka, 1979.
6. Ivanova-Kazas, O.M.,
bespozvonochnykh zhivotnykh. Nepolnousye
tive Embryology of Invertebrates), Moscow: Nauka,
7. Ivanova-Kazas, O.M.,
(Evolutionary Embryology of Animals), St.-
Petersburg: Nauka, 1995.
8. Ivanova, O.M., Autobiography,
vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 252–253.
9. Round Table Talk on the Origin of Mermaids,
, 1999, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 252–253.
10. Ivanova-Kazas, O.M.,
Pochti vse o rusalkakh
Everything Known on Mermaids, St.-Petersburg: Liss,
11. Ivanova-Kazas, O.M., Once more about Mermaids,
, 2003, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 148–149.
12. Kas’yanov, V.L., Olga Mikhailovna Ivanova,
, 1999, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 252.
13. Kashkina, M.I., Viktorchuk, I.V., A New Aberrant Jelly-
ﬁsh from the Sea of Japan,
, 2002, vol. 28,
no. 2, pp. 156–157.
TO THE EDITOR
Olga Mikhailovna Ivanova is 90!
V. V. Isaeva