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Branching, blending, and the evolution of cultural similarities and differences among human populations
It has been claimed that blending processes such as trade and exchange have always been more important in the evolution of cultural similarities and differences among human populations than theExpand
Investigating cultural evolution through biological phylogenetic analyses of Turkmen textiles
The debate on the evolution of culture has focused on two processes in particular, phylogenesis and ethnogenesis. Recently, it has been suggested that the latter has probably always been moreExpand
On the relationship between interindividual cultural transmission and population-level cultural diversity: a case study of weaving in Iranian tribal populations
It is often assumed that parent-to-child cultural transmission leads to similarities and differences among groups evolving through descent with modification (“phylogenesis”). Similarly, culturalExpand
Human niche construction in interdisciplinary focus
Niche construction is an endogenous causal process in evolution, reciprocal to the causal process of natural selection. It works by adding ecological inheritance, comprising the inheritance ofExpand
Towards an archaeology of pedagogy: learning, teaching and the generation of material culture traditions
Abstract In this article we seek to build on efforts to apply the insights of social learning theory to interpret patterns of continuity and change in the archaeological record. This literatureExpand
The Phylogeny of Little Red Riding Hood
  • J. Tehrani
  • Biology, Medicine
  • PloS one
  • 13 November 2013
Researchers have long been fascinated by the strong continuities evident in the oral traditions associated with different cultures. According to the ‘historic-geographic’ school, it is possible toExpand
Comparative phylogenetic analyses uncover the ancient roots of Indo-European folktales
Ancient population expansions and dispersals often leave enduring signatures in the cultural traditions of their descendants, as well as in their genes and languages. The international folktaleExpand
Patterns of Evolution in Iranian Tribal Textiles
  • J. Tehrani
  • Sociology
  • Evolution: Education and Outreach
  • 24 June 2011
Ever since the publication of The Origin of Species, anthropologists and archaeologists have been in turns enchanted and repulsed by the idea that cultural diversity can be explained by a DarwinianExpand
The evolution of material culture diversity among Iranian tribal populations
Book description: This volume offers an integrative approach to the application of evolutionary theory in studies of cultural transmission and social evolution and reveals the enormous range of waysExpand
Oral fairy tale or literary fake? Investigating the origins of Little Red Riding Hood using phylogenetic network analysis
TLDR
The evolution of fairy tales often involves complex interactions between oral and literary traditions, which can be difficult to tease apart when investigating their origins. Expand
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