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The Characterization of Biologically Available Strontium Isotope Ratios for the Study of Prehistoric Migration
Strontium isotope analysis of bone and tooth enamel from prehistoric human skeletons is an important new technique used to address questions regarding migration. Two problems arise in suchExpand
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Strontium Isotopes from the Earth to the Archaeological Skeleton: A Review
Strontium isotope analysis of archaeological skeletons has provided useful and exciting results in archaeology in the last 20 years, particularly by characterizing past human migration and mobility.Expand
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Random drift and culture change
We show that the frequency distributions of cultural variants, in three different real–world examples—first names, archaeological pottery and applications for technology patents—follow power lawsExpand
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Human mobility at the early Neolithic settlement of Vaihingen
As evidence concerning human mobility during the transition to agriculture in central Europe, we present the results of strontium isotope analysis of human skeletons from the Neolithic village ofExpand
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In order to interpret strontium and oxygen isotope values in Neolithic human skeletons analysed previously, we begin to map the biologically available strontium, carbon and oxygen isotopic signaturesExpand
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Determining the ‘local’ 87Sr/86Sr range for archaeological skeletons: a case study from Neolithic Europe
Measurement of strontium isotopes in archaeological skeletons is an effective technique for characterizing prehistoric mobility. However, interpretation of the results can be highly sensitive toExpand
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Drift as a mechanism for cultural change: an example from baby names
In the social sciences, there is currently no consensus on the mechanism by which cultural elements come and go in human society. For elements that are value-neutral, an appropriate null model may beExpand
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The Expression of Emotions in 20th Century Books
We report here trends in the usage of “mood” words, that is, words carrying emotional content, in 20th century English language books, using the data set provided by Google that includes wordExpand
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Mobility and kinship in the prehistoric Sahara: Strontium isotope analysis of Holocene human skeletons from the Acacus Mts. (southwestern Libya)
The origins and development of pastoralism in Saharan North Africa involves societies and economies that, subjected to profound climatic changes and progressive desertification, came to be based onExpand
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Random drift and large shifts in popularity of dog breeds
A simple model of random copying among individuals, similar to the population genetic model of random drift, can predict the variability in the popularity of cultural variants. Here, we show thatExpand
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