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Parasites and politics: Why cross-cultural studies must control for relatedness, proximity and covariation

Bromham, Lindell; Hua, Xia; Cardillo, Marcel; Schneemann, Hilde; Greenhill, Simon


A growing number of studies seek to identify predictors of broad-scale patterns in human cultural diversity, but three sources of non-independence in human cultural variables can bias the results of cross-cultural studies. First, related cultures tend to have many traits in common, regardless of whether those traits are functionally linked. Second, societies in geographical proximity will share many aspects of culture, environment and demography. Third, many cultural traits covary, leading to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Royal Society Open Science
DOI: 10.1098/rsos.181100
Access Rights: Open Access


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