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 matrilineal inheritance of property.


This is tested by using the matrilineal inheritance of property as a proxy variable. 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 analysis found that matrilineal descent and matrilineal inheritance stabilized each other's presence.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi-Square, Correlated EvolutionSupportedp = < .001, p = < .001, p = < .001, p = < .001UNKNOWNOne tailed


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
MatrilinyDependentRule Of Descent
Matrilineal inheritance of propertyIndependentInheritance