Spread of cattle led to the loss of matrilineal descent in Africa: a coevolutionary analysis

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences Vol/Iss. 270(1532) The Royal Society Published In Pages: 2425-2433
By Holden, Clare Janki, Mace, Ruth


In past Bantu-speaking cultures, matriliny and cattle will have a relationship


Results show a significant negative relationship between matriliny and cattle. No evidence that patriliny and cattle-keeping coevolved.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Phylogenetic comparisonSupportedp= 0.02UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
MatrilinyDependentRule Of Descent, Lineages
PatrilinyDependentRule Of Descent, Lineages
CattleIndependentPastoral Activities