The Haeckel embryos and his recapitulation theory were discredited 40 or 50 years ago.<quoted text>
That doesn't excuse science lying to the population and making shit up.
Most people have heard of or been taught the idea that the human embryo goes through various evolutionary stages, such as having gills like a fish, a tail like a monkey, etc., during the first few months that it develops in the womb.
The idea has not only been presented to generations of biology/medical students as fact, but has also been used for many years to persuasively justify abortion.
But that's a lie. Haeckel manufactured the data. He fraudulently changed drawings made by other scientists of human and dog embryos.
But you can still find the drawings and theory in textbooks today.
Mader's 2010 textbook, "Biology", contains a colorized version of the drawings, and says:
"At these comparable developmental stages, vertebrate embryos have many features in common which suggests they evolved from a common ancestor."
Which is a lie.
Remember Ken Miller, the guy who tried to discredit Behe's mousetrap?
KENNETH R.MILLER & JOSEPH LEVINE, BIOLOGY 385 (2008)- "[i]n their early stages of development, chickens, turtles, and rats look similar, providing evidence that they shared a common ancestry."
Which is also a lie. Still, "scientists" like Miller ride the coat-tails of one of the biggest scientific hoaxes in history.