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Law of recapitulation

Definition
noun
The theory formulated by E.H. Haeckel in which the individuals in their embryonic development pass through stages analogous in general structural plan to the stages their species passed through in its evolution; the theory in which ontogeny is an abridged recapitulation of phylogeny.
Supplement
The theory has been discredited in time when modern science and genetics have raised doubt its validity.
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