Recapitulation Reinterpreted: The Somatic Program

  title={Recapitulation Reinterpreted: The Somatic Program},
  author={Ernst Mayr},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  pages={223 - 232}
  • E. Mayr
  • Published 1 June 1994
  • Biology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
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