recapitulation theory

Type:Term

Definitions
1. 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.

Synonyms
biogenetic law , Haeckel law , law of recapitulation

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