Embryology and Evolution: A Re-examination of the Evidence

Elemente der Naturwissenschaft 86, 2007, P. 87-94 | DOI: 10.18756/edn.86.87


A re-examination of evidence from comparative human and mammalian embryology which is normally classed under the general heading of ‘neoteny’. It is argued that the significance of these phenomena for an understanding of the course of animal evolution has been overlooked, primarily as a consequence of a priori assumptions about evolutionary history which a careful examination of the facts does not support but rather demand a re-examination of orthodox theory, in particular in relation to the supposed descent of humans from ape-like ancestors. There are considerable consequences for science, evolutionary theory and religious belief.