biogenetic law


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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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rejected Haeckel's biogenetic law and proposed a "systematic
The Haeckelian recapitulation theory or biogenetic law, which has been discredited in its absolute form, finds quite impressive correspondence in caudal fin evolution.
Application of the biogenetic law to behavioral ontogeny: a test using nest architecture in paper wasps.