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.


Controlling for resource risk, population size will predict tool kit complexity (p. S390).


A simple correlation existed between population size and two of the three measures of tool kit complexity, however it disappeared when controlling on resource risk and mobility.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
multiple regressionNot SupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Population SizeIndependentPopulation
Resource RiskIndependentClimate
Tool Kit ComplexityDependentGeneral Tools