Winter temperature as a constraint to the migration of preindustrial peoples

American Anthropological Association Vol/Iss. 84 Published In Pages: 279-298
By Whiting, John W.M., Sodergren, John A., Stigler, Stephen M.


Using a sample of 313 societies classified within 24 language phyla, authors put forward a statistical model based on climate data [specifically focused on the 10°C (50°F) winter temperature isotherm] to explain why dispersion of preindustrial language phyla is remarkably homogeneous even despite heterogeneous geographical dispersion of sampled preindustrial cultural groups. They suggest that temperature has been a barrier to migration.

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