Cultural niche construction and human evolution

@article{Laland2001CulturalNC,
  title={Cultural niche construction and human evolution},
  author={Kevin N. Laland and John C. Odling-Smee and Marcus W. Feldman},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={14}
}
Organisms frequently choose, regulate, construct and destroy important components of their environments, in the process changing the selection pressures to which they and other organisms are exposed. We refer to these processes as niche construction. In humans, culture has greatly amplified our capacity for niche construction and our ability to modify selection pressures. We use gene‐culture coevolutionary models to explore the evolutionary consequences of culturally generated niche… 

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