Co-Residence Patterns in Hunter-Gatherer Societies Show Unique Human Social Structure

  title={Co-Residence Patterns in Hunter-Gatherer Societies Show Unique Human Social Structure},
  author={Kim R. Hill and Robert S. Walker and Miran Bozicevic and James F. Eder and Thomas N. Headland and Barry Hewlett and Ana Magdalena Hurtado and Frank W. Marlowe and Polly Wiessner and Brian M. Wood},
  pages={1286 - 1289}
Individuals in residential groups in contemporary hunter-gatherer societies are unrelated to each other. Contemporary humans exhibit spectacular biological success derived from cumulative culture and cooperation. The origins of these traits may be related to our ancestral group structure. Because humans lived as foragers for 95% of our species’ history, we analyzed co-residence patterns among 32 present-day foraging societies (total n = 5067 individuals, mean experienced band size = 28.2 adults… 

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