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On the shape and fabric of human history

Gray, Russell; Bryant, David; Greenhill, Simon

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In this paper we outline two debates about the nature of human cultural history. The first focuses on the extent to which human history is tree-like (its shape), and the second on the unity of that history (its fabric). Proponents of cultural phylogenetics are often accused of assuming that human history has been both highly tree-like and consisting of tightly linked lineages. Critics have pointed out obvious exceptions to these assumptions. Instead of a priori dichotomous disputes about the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/79649
Source: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0162

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