This essay represents a critical analysis of the literary data on various types of waves occurring in the amphibian embryos during gastrulation. A surface contraction wave travels through the presumptive neurectoderm during Mexican axolotl gastrulation. This wave coincides temporally and spatially with involution of the inducing chordomesoderm and with the prospective neural plate. By contrast, there is no similar surface contraction wave during African clawed frog gastrulation. However, the clawed frog displays the waves of DNA synthesis and mitosis in the presumptive neurectoderm during gastrulation, whereas no such waves were discovered in axolotl gastrulae. These sets of experimental data are in accordance with the contemporary concept of considerable ontogenetic diversity of the class Amphibia.