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Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century science emphasized "monogeny," a theory of human origins positing that "all the diverse 'nations' were descended from a single human pair" and that physical and cultural differences were the result of "degeneration" caused by such influences as climate and diet (44).
Table 1: Monogeny Polygeny Evolutionary Predictions of Biblical Literalist Creationist and Evolutionary Scenarios on Human DiversityClaim Origin of Middle East Pre-Adamite East Africa humans: (ME).
Monogeny has the potentiality for recognizing an egalitarian unity underlying environmentally caused variations.