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 an absence of cattle domestication.


The researchers used cattle domestication, milking, and leather working as proxies to examine the presence of cows in matrilineal/matrilocal societies. The analysis found that only milking co-occurred less often with matrilocality than would be expected in a random sample, although it had no correlation with matriliny. Correlated evolution further showed that milking destabilized the presence of matrilocality.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi-SquarePartially Supportedsee tableUNKNOWNOne tailed