Epithelia from the lobular part of submandibular salivary gland, glandular stomach, intestine and colon of 14-day C3H/HeN fetuses, and from pituitary gland and pancreas of 12-day fetuses were recombined with 14-day mammary fat pad precursor tissue and syngrafted under the kidney capsule. The normal organogenetic development typical of the epithelium occurred. The same epithelia taken from earlier stage fetuses did not develop normally. Thus, 14-day fetal mouse mammary fat pad precursor tissue has the capacity to support normal organogenesis of various fetal epithelia of developmentally advanced stages. This supportive capacity is decreased in the fat pad precursor tissue of 17- to 18-day fetal mice and is entirely lost postnatally.