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Development from more than one source.

pol′y·ge·net′ic (pŏl′ē-jə-nĕt′ĭk), po·lyg′e·nous (pə-lĭj′ə-nəs) adj.


1. (Biology) biology evolution of a polyphyletic organism or group
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the hypothetical descent of the different races of man from different ultimate ancestors
polygenetic adj
ˌpolygeˈnetically adv


(ˌpɒl iˈdʒɛn ə sɪs)

origin from more than one ancestral species or line.
pol`y•ge•net′ic (-dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) adj.


1. derivation from more than one kind of cell in the generative process.
2. Also called polygenism. the theory that different species have descended from different original ancestors. Cf. monogenesis.polygenic, polygenetic, adj.
See also: Biology


[ˌpɒlɪˈdʒenɪsɪs] Npoligénesis f
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the leading early polygenesis theorists responded to the argument that
This exhibition played into popular interest in 'cannibals' and American debates on human origins between supporters of monogenesis and polygenesis (single or multiple creations of humanity) (Keeler 1831; cf.
17) But Palm Beach turned out to be his final feature film, though in the years up until his death in 2012, he would continue to pursue his varied interests in video works such as Polygenesis (1990), in books including Surf movies: The History of the Surf Film in Australia and the posthumously published memoir My Generation, and in numerous documentaries made for the ABC or other outlets.
There is growing acknowledgement that polygenesis is the rule rather than the exception in soil formation, and that soils retain a cumulative imprint of past soil-forming factors and processes (Richter and Yaalon 2012).
Late in the antebellum period, black activists Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Frances Harper began challenging notions of racial hierarchy suggested by craniometry and polygenesis.
There were, for example, French writers like Francois Bernier (1625-1688), who divided man into four or five species or races, and Arthur de Gobineau (1816-1882), who espoused ideas of polygenesis, that different races had different origins, and that, of the three main races, whites were inherently superior.
24) Writings that review the past offer an understanding about either a monogenesis or a polygenesis portrayal of humanity (biblical or scientific: either one being interchangeable) and thus there is this sense of singularity or multiplicity in origins that works to maintain an elevated civilization for a self-determining group of people.
82) One may always adduce context-induced polygenesis, but this explanation doesn't rule out the possibility of intertextual influence.
Of One Blood challenges Harvard and ethnologists' polygenesis argument in favor of separate racial creations.
The equation of fanaticism and revolution with the Anabaptists has been advocated in Reformation histories since at least Heinrich Bullinger and received new impetus with polygenesis theories of Anabaptist origins.
Mima mounds; the case for polygenesis and bioturbation.
Indeed, as scholars such as Malini Johar Schueller and Scott Trafton have illuminated, the discipline of Egyptology was often employed throughout the nineteenth century by phrenologists and advocates of polygenesis to argue that Africans were inherently subhuman and therefore should remain enslaved.