biogenetic law

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biogenetic law (recapitulation theory) Principle that the stages of embryonic development reflect the stages of an organism's evolutionary development. See also evolution

biogenetic law

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biogenetic law The early stages of development in animal species resemble one another, the species diverging more and more as development proceeds. The law was formulated by the Estonian embryologist of German origin K. E. von Baer (1792–1876).

biogenetic law

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biogenetic law Law formulated by the embryologist E. K. von Baer (1792–1876) stating that the early stages of development in animal species resemble one another, the species diverging more and more as development proceeds.

biogenetic law

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biogenetic law The early stages of development in animal species resemble one another, the species diverging more and more as development proceeds. The law was formulated by the embryologist E. K. von Baer (1792–1876).