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ThomasB's Avatar Jump to comment 41 by ThomasB

Hellene,

That phrase "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny" certainly is catchy.

Indeed my undergraduate vertebrate anatomy professor liked it well enough and we all dutifully scribbled it into our notes. You can certainly be forgiven for repeating it in this thread.

Alas it's not true and worse, it's misleading. I can't see how it can do better service as an analogy.

Bugaboo's (comment 38, above) link provides a concise explanation.

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 07:50:00 UTC | #204569