from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Haeckel, Ernst Heinrich 1834-1919. German philosopher and naturalist who supported Darwin's theory, mapped a genealogical tree relating all animal life, and developed the maxim "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.”

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  • n. German biologist and philosopher; advocated Darwinism and formulated the theory of recapitulation; was an exponent of materialistic monism (1834-1919)


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  • The "Law of Biogenesis" which is the dignified title Haeckel has given to the discredited recapitulation theory, asserts that the embryological development of the individual

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism A Series of Papers

  • In 2000, Harvard evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould called Haeckel's drawings "fraudulent" and wrote that biologists should "be both astonished and ashamed by the century of mindless recycling that has led to the persistence of these drawings in a large number, if not a majority, of modern textbooks."

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  • If the book doesn't appear on this list, use the index to look up "Haeckel" and "embryos" to see if the book has corrected material or not.

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  • Hertwig no longer recognizes so fully the dogma set up by Fritz Mueller and Haeckel which is so closely bound up with Darwinism.

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism A Series of Papers

  • It is one of those bad examples that although wrong have been used for years to support evolution, such as Haeckel’s drawings of embryos, which even I remember seeing in my school books, claiming that the human embryo goes through animal stages.

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  • As a young man, Haeckel found himself torn between seeming irreconcilables: science and art, materialism and religion, rationality and passion, outer and inner worlds.


  • The central figure of the film is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919).


  • Through his discoveries beneath the sea, Haeckel would eventually reconcile these dualities, bringing science and art together in a unitary, almost mystical vision.


  • You can also find many more Haeckel lithographies here.


  • Nimble Pundit saw my post on Ernst Haeckel and thought I might like this Flickr set.

    A Very Haeckel Christmas


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