polygeny


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po·lyg·e·ny

 (pə-lĭj′ə-nē)

polygeny

(pəˈlɪdʒɪnɪ)
n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) another name for polygenesis
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Polygeny had European antecedents, but Americans developed the data to solicit popular support based on a large body of research they conducted to formulate its tenets.
See generally Stephen Jay Gould, American Polygeny and Craniometry Before Darwin.
Gould, Stephen (1993) "American Polygeny and Craniometry Before Darwin.
Polygeny, as we are discovering, accounts for much of the variable expressivity observed in many, perhaps most, "single-gene" traits.
Table 2 suggests that all of the monogenist claims concerning human diversity are falsified, in the case of polygeny 2/5 predictions are supported, and finally for evolutionary theory 4/4 are supported with 1 claim not relevant since evolutionary theory makes no specific prediction for the phenomenon.
11) The grotesque representation of these people draws on contemporary theories of polygeny that classified savages, not just as the 'other', but also as a wholly different species from the white man with a separate and distinct development.
Not only did traditional gynecology place the welfare of the mother before that of the fetus, the traditional practice of polygeny allowed principal wives to appropriate the children of concubines or secondary wives.