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The theory that all humans are descended from the same ancestors. Also called monogeny.

mo·nog′e·nist n.


(məˈnɒdʒ əˌnɪz əm)

the theory that the human race has descended from a single pair of individuals or a single ancestral type.


the belief that all human races descended from a common ancestral type. Also monogenesis, monogeny. — monogenist, n.monogenistic, adj.
See also: Race
the theory that the entire human race is descended from a single ancestral pair. Also monogenesis, monogeny. — monogenist, n. — monogenistic, adj.
See also: Mankind
the theory that the entire human race is descended from a single ancestral pair. Also monogenesis, monogeny.monogenist, n.monogenistic, adj.
See also: Origins
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Embedded in this debate over racial fusion were conflicting debates in France over how races originated: Paul Broca's monogenism, "which posited an original race from which all subsequent races had emerged," and Arthur de Gobineau's polygenism, "which argued that a variety of 'pure' races had existed during the early period of human life.
The popular press has misled some into thinking that scientists have discovered evidence for the very first female human, and many Christians have taken this announcement to support the biblical portrait of monogenism.
Hopkins often articulated her monogenism through references to the apostle Paul's "one blood" decree, and she maintained arguments for the decree's scientific implications.
Eventually both Evangelicals and polygenists were trumped by the new monogenism of the Darwinists who argued for the evolution of a single human species but at different rates that had led to longstanding and profound differences between 'races' measured physically according to the shape of the skull, the hue of the skin or the curl of the hair, or culturally through the progress of institutions, intellect or morality (Kenny 2007; Stocking 1968:56; 1987:148-50).