Monogenism

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Monogenism

 

the doctrine in anthropology which asserts that mankind has a single origin and that all the human races are related to one another by blood kinship.

According to monogenism, contemporary mankind has one species (Homo sapiens), and the human races are intraspecific subdivisions that formed as a result of modern man’s settling in various areas of the world. Monogenism is confirmed by a multitude of anthropological facts and above all by the fact that all the human races yield fertile offspring when mixed.

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