Embryonic Recapitulation

By considering the embryological structure of man - the homologies which he presents with the lower animals - the rudiments which he retains - and the reversions to which he is liable, we can partly recall in imagination the former condition of our early progenitors; and we can approximately place them in their proper position in the zoological series. We thus learnt that man is descended from a hairy quadruped, furnished with a tail and pointed ears, probably arboreal in its habit, and an inhabitant of the Old World. This creature, if its whole structure had been examined by a naturalist, would have been classed among the Quadrumana, as surely as would be the common and still more ancient progenitor of the Old and New World monkeys.


Darwin seems to hint at it in this passage.

Folksonomies: evolution embryology embryonic recapitulation

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 The Descent of Man
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Darwin , Charles (2010-01-14), The Descent of Man, Dover Publications, Retrieved on 2011-05-18
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  • Folksonomies: evolution classic