Broad supernatural punishment but not moralizing high gods precede the evolution of political complexity in Austronesia

Proceedings of the Royal Society B Vol/Iss. 282 Published In Pages: ??
By Watts, Joseph, Greenhill, Simon J. , Atkinson, Quentin D., Currie, Thomas E., Bulbulia, Joseph, Gray, Russell D.


High political complexity has coevolved with broad supernatural punishment (2, 5).


The analysis compared independent and dependent models for the evolution of the traits. The results support a dependent (coevolved) relationship. This is backed up by the fact that political complexity was only present in cultures with broad supernatural punishment.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
reversible-jump Markov chain Monte Carlo analysisSupportedNot ApplicableUNKNOWNUNKNOWN