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Author Mace, Ruth.

Title The Evolution of Cultural Diversity : a PHYLOGENETIC APPROACH.

Imprint Walnut Creek : Left Coast Press, Inc., 2010.

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Description 1 online resource (303 pages)
Contents About the Contributers; Contents; 1. Introduction: A Phylogenetic Approach to the Evolution of Cultural Diversity / Ruth Mace; Part I; 2. Introduction to Part I: How Tree-like Is Cultural Evolution? / Clare J Holden and Stephen Shennan; 3. Testing Population Dispersal Hypotheses: Pacific Settlement, Phylogenetic Trees and Austronesian Languages / Simon J Greenhill and Russell D Gray; 4. Comparison of Maximum Parsimony and Bayesian Bantu Language Trees / Clare J Holden, Andrew Meade and Mark Pagel.
5. Untangling our Past: Languages, Trees, Splits and Networks / David Bryant, Flavia Fillmon and Russell D Gray6. Cultural Phylogenetic Hypotheses in Archaeology: Some Fundamental Issues / Michael J O'brien and R Lee Lyman; 7. Phylogenetic versus Ethnogenesis in Turkmen Cultural Evolution / Mark Collard and Jamshid Tehrani; 8. Investing Processes of Cultural Evolution on the North Coast of New Guinea with Multivariate and Cladistic Analyses / Stephen Shennan and Mark Collard; 9. Cultural Transmssion in Indigenous California / Peter Jordan and Stephen Shennan; Part Ii.
10. Introduction to Part Ii: On the Use of Phylogenetic Comparative Methods to Test Co-Evolutionary Hypotheses across Cultures / Ruth Mace11. The Evolution of Human Sex Ratio at Birth: A Bio-Cultural Analysis / Ruth Mace and Fiona Jordan; 12. 'The Cow is the Enemy of Matriliny': Using Phylogenetic Methods to Investigate Cultural Evolution in Africa / Clare J Holden and Ruth Mace; 13. Bayesian Estimation of Correlated Evolution Across Cultures: A Case Study of Marriage Systems and Wealth Transfer at Marriage / Mark Pagel and Andrew Meade; Bibliography; Index.
Summary Virtually all aspects of human behavior show enormous variation both within and between cultural groups, including material culture, social organization and language. Thousands of distinct cultural groups exist: about 6,000 languages are spoken today, and it is thought that a far greater number of languages existed in the past but became extinct. Using a Darwinian approach, this book seeks to explain this rich cultural variation. There are a number of theoretical reasons to believe that cultural diversification might be tree-like, that is phylogenetic: material and non-material culture is clea.
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Subject Phylogeny -- Congresses.
Social evolution -- Congresses.
Social sciences.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Added Author Holden, Clare J.
Shennan, Stephen.
Other Form: Print version: Mace, Ruth. Evolution of Cultural Diversity : A PHYLOGENETIC APPROACH. Walnut Creek : Left Coast Press, Inc., ©2010 9781598742138
ISBN 9781598747591 (electronic bk.)
1598747592 (electronic bk.)