Can Group-Functional Behaviors Evolve by Cultural Group Selection?: An Empirical Test

@article{Soltis1995CanGB,
  title={Can Group-Functional Behaviors Evolve by Cultural Group Selection?: An Empirical Test},
  author={Joseph Soltis and Robert Boyd and Peter J. Richerson},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={1995},
  volume={36},
  pages={473 - 494}
}
Functionalists believe that social and cultural variation results from adaptation at the group level. Such explanations are controversial for two reasons: (i) Extensive analysis of mathematical models of group selection by evolutionary biologists suggests that group selection is unlikely to be important. (2) Group extinctions are too rare to generate sufficient evolutionary change. Boyd and Richerson have proposed a new model of group selection based on cultural variation that is theoretically… 
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