Straw HÃƒÂ¤ckel Discovered
Scarecrow Ernst UnmaskedDanger !!! Sit down, empty your mouth. Take a deep breath, and exhale before proceeding further
It has been established that Ernst HÃƒÂ¤ckel did not teach the recapitulation of adult ancestral forms by embryos, and that the idea is falsely attributed to him. There is an apparent motive: in order to continue publishing the Jena professor's fables in spite of their fraudulent nature and the fact that they've been known to be false for over a century. So whence came this false idea of what recap is about?
On the other hand it is highly probable that with many animals the embryonic or larval stages show us, more or less completely, the condition of the progenitor of the whole group in its adult state.
"Who'd-a ever thunk it?" Local evolutionologist CTD was astonished at his discovery. "These cats are just amazing. They dump all over Ernst for this idea which he didn't have, and it turns out their great false prophet, or demigod, or whatever - it's all his
dopey idea the whole time! What're they gonna say now?"
He points out that the recap rewrite is even more explicitly funny when the passage is reviewed in its fuller context
Chapter 14, The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
On the other hand it is highly probable that with many animals the embryonic or larval stages show us, more or less completely, the condition of the progenitor of the whole group in its adult state. In the great class of the Crustacea, forms wonderfully distinct from each other, namely, suctorial parasites, cirripedes, entomostraca, and even the malacostraca, appear at first as larvae under the nauplius-form; and as these larvae live and feed in the open sea, and are not adapted for any peculiar habits of life, and from other reasons assigned by Fritz Muller, it is probable that at some very remote period an independent adult animal, resembling the Nauplius, existed, and subsequently produced, along several divergent lines of descent, the above-named great Crustacean groups. So again, it is probable, from what we know of the embryos of mammals, birds, fishes and reptiles, that these animals are the modified descendants of some ancient progenitor, which was furnished in its adult state with branchiae, a swim- bladder, four fin-like limbs, and a long tail, all fitted for an aquatic life.
As all the organic beings, extinct and recent, which have ever lived, can be arranged within a few great classes; and as all within each class have, according to our theory, been connected together by fine gradations, the best, and, if our collections were nearly perfect, the only possible arrangement, would be genealogical; descent being the hidden bond of connexion which naturalists have been seeking under the term of the Natural System. On this view we can understand how it is that, in the eyes of most naturalists, the structure of the embryo is even more important for classification than that of the adult. In two or more groups of animals, however much they may differ from each other in structure and habits in their adult condition, if they pass through closely similar embryonic stages, we may feel assured that they are all descended from one parent- form, and are therefore closely related. Thus, community in embryonic structure reveals community of descent; but dissimilarity in embryonic development does not prove discommunity of descent, for in one of two groups the developmental stages may have been suppressed, or may have been so greatly modified through adaptation to new habits of life as to be no longer recognisable. ...
"See that special pleading - that selectivity in applying the rule?" CTD's eyes have a predatory glint as he explains, "That's a tell-tale sign of a weak argument. This junk is so weak, it's quite possible that it was thrown in as a distraction weakness so nobody'd figure out how polywrong this stuff really is. Ever see an adult fish result from a mammalian miscarriage? Ever?"
This find is being reported to other evolutionologists via the world wide web. It's potential impact has not yet been estimated.