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on·toge·ny re·ca·pit·u·lates phy·loge·ny

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  1. ontogeny recapitulates phylogenyproverb

    The physical, cultural, moral, or intellectual development of each individual passes through stages similar to the developmental stages of that individual's species, society, or civilization.

  2. Etymology: Reportedly coined by zoologist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919).


  1. ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny

    The theory of recapitulation, also called the biogenetic law or embryological parallelism—often expressed using Ernst Haeckel's phrase "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny"—is a historical hypothesis that the development of the embryo of an animal, from fertilization to gestation or hatching (ontogeny), goes through stages resembling or representing successive adult stages in the evolution of the animal's remote ancestors (phylogeny). It was formulated in the 1820s by Étienne Serres based on the work of Johann Friedrich Meckel, after whom it is also known as Meckel–Serres law. Since embryos also evolve in different ways, the shortcomings of the theory had been recognized by the early 20th century, and it had been relegated to "biological mythology" by the mid-20th century.Analogies to recapitulation theory have been formulated in other fields, including cognitive development and music criticism.

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  • ontogeneze rekapituluje fylogeneziCzech
  • Ontogenese rekapituliert PhylogenieGerman
  • ओण्टोजेनी फाइलोजेनी को दोहराता हैHindi
  • az ontogén a phylogenyát újra Hungarian
  • ontogeny משחזר פילוגניותHebrew
  • ஆன்டோஜெனி பைலோஜெனியை மறுபரிசீலனை செய்கிறதுTamil
  • ontogeny filogeniyi tekrar ederTurkish
  • ontogeny tóm tắt các phylogenyVietnamese
  • אָנטאָגעני ריקאַפּיטולאַטעס פילאָגעניYiddish
  • 个体发育概括了系统发育Chinese

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  • Gary Hardee
    Gary Hardee
    That seems to be a sweeping field of study. But looks more like to me to be a search for the truth about all things. Quite a venture I'd say.
    LikeReply3 years ago

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incapable of being atoned for
  • A. motile
  • B. inexpiable
  • C. sesquipedalian
  • D. bristly

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