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Cultural transmission and evolution: a quantitative approach.

  title={Cultural transmission and evolution: a quantitative approach.},
  author={Luca L. Cavalli-Sforza and Marcus W. Feldman},
  journal={Monographs in population biology},
A number of scholars have found that concepts such as mutation, selection, and random drift, which emerged from the theory of biological evolution, may also explain evolutionary phenomena in other disciplines as well. Drawing on these concepts, Professors Cavalli-Sforza and Feldman classify and systematize the various modes of transmitting "culture" and explore their consequences for cultural evolution. In the process, they develop a mathematical theory of the non-genetic transmission of… 

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Tempo and Mode in Cultural Macroevolution

  • P. TurchinS. Gavrilets
  • Biology
    Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior
  • 2021
The contrast between the micro- and macro-evolution, and the distinction between the tempo and mode of evolution are discussed, adding the empirical depth to these ideas by summarizing recent results from the analyses of data on past societies in Seshat: Global History Databank.

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Recent evidence indicates that biological evolution and cultural history are linked together. Study of the linkage has been active in the past several years and constitutes a new phase of

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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 ways in which Darwinian