Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Monogenesis

1. hypothetical development of all life from a single cell; monogeny.

Cf. polygenesis.

2. early view that all of humankind descended from one pair of progenitors, a view held by Linnaeus, Buffon, Blumenbach and Prichard; a monogenist is anyone who held or holds such a view.

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