Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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American Polygenist School

Idea of plural origins of the species Homo sapiens held in the early nineteenth century. One group, exemplified by S. G. Morton, rationalized a form of scientific racism, while a second group, of which J. C. Nott and G. R. Gliddon were representative, approached the problem using both anthropological theory and socioeconomic ideas. Both groups, however, were strict supporters of polygenism.

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