Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Polygenism (or Polygeny)

Theory that living humans are descended from two or more pairs of humans, each of which led eventually to one of the different human races. Polygenism is usually associated with nineteenth century polygenist thinkers such as Samuel Morton and L. Agassiz, for example, proposed nine independent centers of Genesis; other polygenists have proposed as few as three. Aka polygenesis.

Cf. monogenism.

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