biogenetic law


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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.
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biogenetic law

n.
The discredited theory that the stages in an organism's embryonic development repeat the stages in the evolutionary history of the species. Also called Haeckel's law, recapitulation theory.
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biogenetic law

(1) Biogenesis.
(2) Recapitulation theory, see there.
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In any event, just to assert that "Haeckel was wrong about his biogenetic law" (Pickett et al., 2005) seems a less-than-fair assessment.
rejected Haeckel's biogenetic law and proposed a "systematic