The living thing is not the clay molded by the potter, nor the harp played upon by the musician. It is the clay modeling itself.

— E.S. Russell

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From the point of view of the pure morphologist the recapitulation theory is an instrument of research enabling him to reconstruct probable lines of descent; from the standpoint of the student of development and heredity the fact of recapitulation is a difficult problem whose solution would perhaps give the key to a true understanding of the real nature of heredity.

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