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  1. the genesis or development of the human race, especially as a subject of scientific study.
Also an·thro·pog·e·ny [an-thruh-poj-uh-nee] /ˌæn θrəˈpɒdʒ ə ni/.

Origin of anthropogenesis

Related formsan·thro·po·ge·net·ic [an-thruh-poh-juh-net-ik] /ˌæn θrə poʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anthropogeny

Historical Examples

  • Anthropogeny has taught us the evolution of man from animal ancestors.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • I have collected and illustrated a good many of these proofs in the new edition of my Anthropogeny.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • I have described and illustrated them in my Anthropogeny (twenty-third chapter).

  • I attributed the highest importance to the logical connection of anthropogeny with transformism.

    The Last Link

    Ernst Haeckel

British Dictionary definitions for anthropogeny


anthropogeny (ˌænθrəˈpɒdʒɪnɪ)

  1. the study of the origins of man
Derived Formsanthropogenetic (ˌænθrəpəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for anthropogeny


1833, from anthropo- + geny.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anthropogeny in Science


  1. The scientific study of the origin and development of humans.
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