How does ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny relate to evolution?

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Nov 26, 2015

Ontogeny Repeats Phylogeny also called Recapitulation theory states that the devlopemental history of an organism repeats it's ancestral characters.
eg - The larva of frog that is Tadpole has tails and respire with gills , it represents that amphibians evolved from Fishes.
eg - Human embryo has initially 2 chambered heart like fishes , then 3 chambered heart like amphibians , then 3 1/2 like Reptiles and finally 4 chambered heart , it shows our evolution from fishes , amphibians , reptiles.