Cultural Phylogenetics: Concepts and Applications in by Larissa Mendoza Straffon

By Larissa Mendoza Straffon

This publication explores the capability and demanding situations of imposing evolutionary phylogenetic equipment in archaeological study, via discussing key techniques and proposing concrete functions of those approaches.

The quantity is split into components: the 1st covers the theoretical and conceptual implications of utilizing evolution-based versions within the sociocultural area, illustrates the kinds of questions that those tools will help resolution, and invitations the reader to mirror at the possibilities and boundaries of those views. the second one half contains case reports that tackle correct empirical matters, comparable to inferring styles and premiums of cultural transmission, detecting selective pressures in cultural evolution, and explaining the character of cultural variation.

This booklet will entice archaeologists drawn to making use of evolutionary pondering and inferential how to their box, and to a person attracted to cultural evolution studies.

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