Geographic axes and the persistence of cultural diversity.

@article{Laitin2012GeographicAA,
  title={Geographic axes and the persistence of cultural diversity.},
  author={David D Laitin and Joachim Moortgat and Amanda Lea Robinson},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2012},
  volume={109 26},
  pages={
          10263-8
        }
}
Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel [Diamond J, (1997) Guns, Germs, and Steel (WW Norton, NY)] has provided a scientific foundation for answering basic questions, such as why Eurasians colonized the global South and not the other way around, and why there is so much variance in economic development across the globe. Diamond's explanatory variables are: (i) the susceptibility of local wild plants to be developed for self-sufficient agriculture; (ii) the domesticability of large wild animals… CONTINUE READING

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