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Ereditarietà come storia. Il contributo degli embriologi alla discussione biogenetica (2019)


Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the dissemination of Ernst Haeckel’s recapitulation theory suffered a setback, partly as a consequence of Wilhelm Roux’s mechanistic embryology. At the same time, starting with the Entwickelungsgeschichte of Karl Ernst von Baer (1828), and later with Darwin’s theory, the concept of recapitulation had been the subject of non-univocal interpretations. From the point of view of embryologists, the idea of history in biology (conceived as history of development and no longer as natural history) concerned the ontogenetic process, and in particular cell lineages, more than phylogenesis. At the turn of twentieth century, the legacy of German research shifted to emerging American zoology. A large group of researchers, trained in the US universities and in the Marine Biological Laboratory of Woods Hole, achieved remarkable results by combining the chromosomal theory with the rediscovery of the principles of Mendelian genetics.

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Authors & Contributors
Sheldon, Myrna Perez
Zevenhuizen, Erik J. A.
Amundson, Ron
Schmitt, Stéphane
Dupont, Jean-Claude
Smith, Justin E. H.
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Science and Education
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Éditions Rue d'Ulm
Harvard University Press
Trafford Publishing
Bateson, William
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Darwin, Charles Robert
Galton, Francis
Pearson, Karl
Vries, Hugo Marie de
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
17th century
21st century
United States
Great Britain
Soviet Union
Royal Society of London

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