A phylogenetic analysis of dispersal norms, descent and subsistence in Sino-Tibetans

Evolution and Human Behavior Vol/Iss. 43(2) Elsevier Amsterdam Published In Pages: 147-154
By Ji, Ting, Zhang, Hanzhi, Pagel, Mark, Mace, Ruth


In this study, the authors analyze the evolutionary history of female and male marital dispersal norms in Sino-Tibetan ethnic groups. They also test for the coevolution of agriculture, domesticated cattle pastoralism, and unilineal descent with these dispersal norms. Results indicate that early Sino-Tibetans were likely patrilocal, agriculture and unilineal descent coevolved with female dispersal norms, and cattle domestication did not coevolve with dispersal norms in Sino-Tibetan ethnic groups.

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