common ancestor

(redirected from Common descent)
Also found in: Wikipedia.

common ancestor

a relative occurring in the family trees of both parents in a cross. For example, cousin matings have grandparents as common ancestors.
References in classic literature ?
"Tribu" were possibly gentile groups, united by common descent, and included individuals connected by marriage.
Sparsit was a Powler, or that I myself am related to the Scadgers family; or if I could even revoke the fact, and make myself a person of common descent and ordinary connexions; I would gladly do so.
A nation is a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular state or territory.
It is pertinent to know that the terms ethnic and ethnicity have their roots in the Greek word ethnos which describes a community of common descent. Ethnicity is defined as the belief by members of a social group that they are culturally distinctive and different to outsiders while an 'ethnic group' has been defined as a group that regards itself or is regarded by others as a distinct community by virtue of certain characteristics that will help distinguish the group from the surrounding community.
class="MsoNormalBut post-colonial Africa has struggled with the reality that the concept of nation-state as a sovereign state where most of the citizens or subjects are united by language or common descent and other factors which define a nation only exists in very few countries.
1) SHORTER OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY - 'A distinct race or people, characterised by common descent, language, or history, usually organised as a separate political state and occupying a definite territory.'
Personal sentiments - shared by people related by common descent and tradition - such as the commonly held "strength in unity," have been roused by present events of global significance; alarming developments in the newborn economic and military powers such as China, Iran, and North Korea vis-a-vis the United States and Europe, have stirred long-hidden feelings of grudge and rancor against old antagonists.
Nor could Darwin's famed theory of natural selection have provided simultaneous on-time delivery of the first male/female pair of millions of sexually unique species required for evolutions bedrock premise of common descent a fundamental flaw fatal to the romanticized microbe-to-man Evolution Story.
Finally, they may have seen how Darwin himself uses the expression "my theory", although at the time it was neither comprehensive nor well supported (there were huge gaps in the (http://www.fossilmuseum.net/fossilrecord.htm) fossil record ), to refer in a very general way to his linked ideas about (http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evo_18) mutability of species , (http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evo_15) common descent , and the power of (http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evo_25) natural selection.
The author, through her study of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, seeks to revive a now out-of-fashion tradition in anthropology which invokes lineages and common descent as valid explanations of a nation's behavior, and its ethical practices and moral codes.
More troublesome are those defined by common descent: from family and clans to ethnic and racial groups.
The political community is not a product of its citizens' commitment to a common constitutional and legal order; instead, as in the 1930s, membership in the nation is derived from common descent and religion.

Full browser ?