recapitulation theory

recapitulation theory n BIOGENETIC LAW

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ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny; that is, an organism in the course of its development goes through the same successive stages as did the species in developing from the lower to the higher forms of animal life. Called also Haeckel's law.

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