[mon-uh-jen-uh-sis or muh-noj-uh-nee]
- the hypothetical descent of the human race from a single pair of individuals.
- Biology. the hypothetical descent of all living things from a single cell.
Origin of monogenesis
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Polygenesis in his inventions may probably be regarded as testimony in favour of the monogenesis of Man.The Evolution of Culture
Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
- the hypothetical descent of all organisms from a single cell or organism
- asexual reproduction in animals
- the direct development of an ovum into an organism resembling the adult
- the hypothetical descent of all human beings from a single pair of ancestors
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- The theory that all living organisms are descended from a single cell or organism.
- The production of similar organisms in successive generations.
- Asexual reproduction, as by sporulation or parthenogenesis.
- The process of parasitizing a single host, in or on which the entire life cycle of the parasite is passed.
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