A worldwide view of matriliny: using cross-cultural analyses to shed light on human kinship systems

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Vol/Iss. 347(1780) The Royal Society Publishing Published In Pages: 1-12
By Surowiec, Alexandra, Snyder, Kate T., Creanza, Nicole


Matriliny is associated with the prior presence of matrilocality.


The first p value given is the significance of the association between the trait and matriliny using the SCCS, and the second is using the supertree. Authors note that there is support for correlated evolution, but not for the casual transition from matrilocality to matrilineality (p. 7). Instead, the correlated evolution analysis suggested that matriliny precedes matrilocality. As a result, the causality is in the opposite direction than anticipated.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi-Square, Correlated EvolutionPartially Supported (opposite causality)p<.001, p<.001UNKNOWNOne tailed


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Matrilineal DescentDependentRule Of Descent
Matrilocal ResidenceIndependentResidence