Ernst Haeckel: Biography, Facts & Theory


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Haeckel's work on what type of organism helped spur his interest in biology and evolution?

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1. What theory, developed by Haeckel, claims human embryos go through stages imitating forms of animals that have evolved before it?

2. What name, coined by Haeckel, did he use to describe what he believed to be the earliest organisms?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ernst Haeckel studied human biology and embryology in the mid-1800s. You will be tested on his life, his accomplishments and how his ideas were used after he'd passed away.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz asks you to:

  • Point out an ideology that appropriated Haeckel's social Darwinist beliefs
  • Name a theory that claims human embryos pass through stages that imitate the evolution of animals
  • Give the name that Haeckel designated for the earliest kind of organisms

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - utilize your knowledge to point out the European university where Haeckel taught for many years
  • Interpreting information - ensure that you can read information about a theory regarding human embryos and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the understanding you've gained about the organism that piqued Haeckel's interest in biology and evolution

Additional Learning

Increase your knowledge of this scientist by studying the lesson called Ernst Haeckel: Biography, Facts & Theory. This lesson covers:

  • Details about Haeckel's education
  • Haeckel's ranking of races
  • How he became interested in evolutionary biology