Embryonic development, historical artwork

Embryonic development, historical artwork

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Caption: Embryonic development. Historical artwork showing two stages in the embryonic development of a tortoise (left) and a chicken (right). This illustration by Ernst Haeckel incorrectly shows similarities between the embryos, as evidence that all vertebrates (including humans) share a common ancestry (the biogenetic law). In fact, the embryos show greater differences than appear in his diagram, and some of the drawings were deliberately faked to support the theory.

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