recapitulation theory

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recapitulation theory

 
ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, i.e., an organism, in the course of its development, goes through the same successive stages (in abbreviated form) as did the species in its evolutionary development.

re·ca·pit·u·la·tion the·o·ry

the theory formulated by E.H. Haeckel that people during their embryonic development pass through stages similar in general structural plan to the stages their species passed through in its evolution; more technically phrased, the theory that ontogeny is an abbreviated recapitulation of phylogeny.

recapitulation theory

re·ca·pit·u·la·tion the·o·ry

(rē'kă-pich'yū-lā'shŭn thē'ŏr-ē)
That individuals in their embryonic development pass through stages similar in general structural plan to the stages their species passed through in its evolution; more technically phrased, the theory that ontogeny is an abbreviated recapitulation of phylogeny.
Synonym(s): Haeckel law.

Haeckel,

Ernst, German naturalist, 1834-1919.
Haeckel gastrea theory - that the two-layered gastrula is the ancestral form of all multicellular animals. Synonym(s): gastrea theory
Haeckel law - the theory that ontogeny is an abbreviated recapitulation of phylogeny. Synonym(s): recapitulation theory
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The most detrimental of these explanations was the theory of recapitulation, which posited that ontogeny, or the organism, recapitulated phylogeny, or the species.
It is now clear, at least, that colonial anthropology and the theory of recapitulation could be extremely dangerous weapons if used with nefarious intent (Gould 1977; Traverso 2001).
But many leading intellectuals of his day, including those cited above, were deeply influenced by the theory of recapitulation. And Hall, Stephen Jay Gould reminds us was "not a crackpot, but America's premier psychologist" (Gould 1981, 147).

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