Haeckel's ABC of evolution and development.

  title={Haeckel's ABC of evolution and development.},
  author={Michael Richardson and Gerhard Keuck},
  journal={Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society},
  volume={77 4},
One of the central, unresolved controversies in biology concerns the distribution of primitive versus advanced characters at different stages of vertebrate development. This controversy has major implications for evolutionary developmental biology and phylogenetics. Ernst Haeckel addressed the issue with his Biogenetic Law, and his embryo drawings functioned as supporting data. We re-examine Haeckel's work and its significance for modern efforts to develop a rigorous comparative framework for… CONTINUE READING
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