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/matrilocality is associated with the absence of exogamy.


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. The third p value given is the significance between the trait and matrilocality using the SCCS, and the fourth is using the supertree. Correlated evolution shows that matrilineal descent is stable in combination with matrilineal exogamous groups but not patrilineal exogamous groups.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi-Square, Correlated EvolutionNot Supported (after Holm-Bonferroni Correction)p = 0.06, p=0.36, p= .008, p= .032UNKNOWNOne tailed


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
ExogamyIndependentRegulation Of Marriage
MatrilinyDependentRule Of Descent