a. Embryology is certainly important for understanding the historical
development of evolutionary theory.
b. Haeckel would no doubt have been quite pleased to have all the information
we now have on relationships between species at the molecular level. He would have
seen them quite properly as further evidence for evolution.
c. Though the _theological_ idea of recapitulation in the Incarnation, which
goes back to Irenaeus & the Gospel of Matthew does not dependent on any kind of
embryological recapitulation. But the latter provides a very nice illustration _&
extension to prehuman life_ of the former, as C.S. Lewis realized in _Miracles_.
George L. Murphy