Are Haeckle's embryos a fraud?

Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 8:09 AM Bookmark and Share
Creationists often cite Ernst Haeckle's drawings of embryological development as a fraud in attempts to discredit evolution and pave the way for religious claims about how the world works. Like here, for example. But do they get it right?  Not really.

Here's a clip from the movie Flock of Dodos on one case of these overblown claims by creationists...


Fortunately, it isn't too hard to find reasonable (i.e. science based) replies to clear up any misrepresentations about Haekle's drawings (e.g. here and here or just crack open a modern embryology textbook). 

For an up-to-date response to some of these latest shenanigans, check out this post at Josh Rosenau's blog.

Hasn't somebody taken Haeckle's drawings and done a concise side-by-side comparison with more accurate modern images?  Maybe something like this, but in the form of a spiffy web page??

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