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Who discovered plastids?

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The term "plastid" was coined by German biologist Ernst Haeckel in a paper he presented in 1866, but the term was too vague. In 1883, fellow German Andreas Schimper was the first to provide a clear definition to "plastid" and note the relationship between different types.

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Who discovered plastids?
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Both Haeckel and Schimper spent time in and out of the cellular biology field. Haeckel was primarily interested in zoology and was a naturalist and one of Germany's first proponents of Darwin's theory of evolution. Schimper devoted a considerable amount of time to phytogeography and ecology. Both scientists, especially Schimper, spent many years on nature expeditions, which would dramatically influence their perspectives in their respective fields.

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