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Instead we have an obsessive focus on embryology and the recapitulation theory.
But the connection that Monteverde does not appear to seriously consider is that both presuppositions were central tenets of recapitulation theory, "the idea that the child in his or her development must recapitulate the intellectual and moral development of humanity epoch by epoch" (Tanner & Tanner, 1990, p.
A number of authors have sought to discredit Haeckel's recapitulation theory, and also Haeckel, because his drawings of types of vertebrate embryos contain inaccuracies or embellishments (Richardson et al.
Stanley Hall and the Boys' Club: Conservative Applications of Recapitulation Theory," Journal of the History of the Behaviorial Sciences 9 (1973): 140-147.