- origin from more than one ancestral species or line.
Origin of polygenesis
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Polygenesis amounted to a justification for Europeans believing themselves essentially different from the rest of the species.Desperately Seeking a GOP Hero
September 25, 2009
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
Polygenesis, pol-i-jen′e-sis, n. origin from many separate germs: the theory that organisms sprang from different cells.
- biology evolution of a polyphyletic organism or group
- the hypothetical descent of the different races of man from different ultimate ancestors
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Word Origin and History for polygenesis
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