Evolutionary history of hunter-gatherer marriage practices

PLoS ONE Vol/Iss. 6 Published In Pages: 1-6
By Walker, Robert S., Hill, Kim, Flinn, Mark V., Ellsworth, Ryan M.


This study attempts to reconstruct ancestral marriage practices using hunter-gathers' phylogenies based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. Data suggest that arranged marriages and brideprice/bridewealth likely go back at least to the first modern human migrations out of Africa and that early ancestral human societies probably had low levels of polygyny.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
OtherWebsites HvrBase++ and GenBank were queried.

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