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  1. Headhunting and Warfare: Evidence from AustronesiaGershman, Boris - , 2023 - 1 Hypotheses

    Why did headhunting- the practice of taking human heads for ritualistic reasons- emerge in many societies? Through phylogenetic comparative analyses of Austronesian societies, the authors find that headhunting developed as a cultural response to frequent inter-tribal conflict and warfare. When warfare declined, the frequency of headhunting did as well.

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