One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The theory (not now generally held) that humans evolved from several independent pairs of ancestors.Compare with polygenesis
- ‘Although both monogeny and polygeny started out with an appeal to religious doctrine, polygeny was the far weaker of the two, because the idea of separate origins went against scripture.’
- ‘Presentations such as those in the Natural History of the Mammals provided fuel for the fire of polygeny.’
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