Global phylogenetic analysis reveals multiple origins and correlates of genital mutilation/cutting

Nature Human Behavior Vol/Iss. 6 Nature Published In Pages: 635-645
By Šaffa, Gabriel, Zrzavý, Jan, Duda, Pavel


Genital mutilation/cutting is associated with high gods.


This is tested against each form of GM/C. The presence of high gods is shown to be a good fit for MGM/C and each of its subgroups. Correlated evolution suggests that MGM/C may help cement the position of high gods, and that if it is absent, high gods are likely to become absent in the future.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Phylogenetic logistic regression, Correlated evolutionPartially Supported (see note)UNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN