recapitulation theory


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recapitulation theory

[‚rē·kə‚pich·ə′lā·shən ‚thē·ə·rē]
(biology)
The biological theory that an organism passes through developmental stages resembling various stages in the phylogeny of its group; ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny. Also known as biogenetic law; Haeckel's law.
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In the same intellectual tradition is the reconciliation of evolutionary and developmental biology, sparked in large part by Stephen Jay Gould's Ontogeny and Phytogeny (1977), which documents the often ugly legacy of recapitulation theory and the alternatives offered by heterochrony.
35), Sumpter traces the influence of the recapitulation theory in the production and reception of fairy tales in the period.
Stanley Hall's recapitulation theory, the belief that children pass through prior stages of species development in order to achieve humanity.
The Recapitulation theory emphasizes salvation as the restoration of human existence to its original condition.