Evolutionary Contributions to Solving the “Matrilineal Puzzle”

  title={Evolutionary Contributions to Solving the “Matrilineal Puzzle”},
  author={S. Mattison},
  journal={Human Nature},
  • S. Mattison
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Human Nature
  • Matriliny has long been debated by anthropologists positing either its primitive or its puzzling nature. More recently, evolutionary anthropologists have attempted to recast matriliny as an adaptive solution to modern social and ecological environments, tying together much of what was known to be associated with matriliny. This paper briefly reviews the major anthropological currents in studies of matriliny and discusses the contribution of evolutionary anthropology to this body of literature… CONTINUE READING
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