origin from more than one ancestral species or line.
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How to use polygenesis in a sentence
polygenesis amounted to a justification for Europeans believing themselves essentially different from the rest of the species.
polygenesis, pol-i-jen′e-sis, n. origin from many separate germs: the theory that organisms sprang from different cells.
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
British Dictionary definitions for polygenesis
biology evolution of a polyphyletic organism or group
the hypothetical descent of the different races of man from different ultimate ancestors
- Compare monogenesis
- polygenetic (ˌpɒlɪdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective
- polygenetically, adverb
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