Population size as an explanation for patterns in the paleolithic archaeological record: more caution is needed

Current Anthropology Published In Pages: S388-S396
By Collard, Mark, Buchanan, Briggs, O'Brien, Michael J.


Previous studies have yielded contradictory results on the relationship between population size and cultural evolution. Focusing on tool complexity these authors introduce the risk of resource failure as a possible confounding variable. They conclude that population does not predict tool kit complexity when controlling on other factors. There were significant correlations between tool kit complexity and some of the resource measures.


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