biogenetic law


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Related to biogenetic law: recapitulation theory, Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny

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
though Naef had rejected Haeckel's biogenetic law as a method for
In reviewing nineteenth-century theories of sexual difference, Russett notes that most scientists based their work generally upon the theory of evolution, and more specifically upon several other foundational ideas: "From physics they took the principles of the conservation of energy and the correlation of forces; from biology, sexual selection, the biogenetic law ('ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny'), and the physiological division of labor" (10).