Inferring population histories using cultural data

@article{Rogers2009InferringPH,
  title={Inferring population histories using cultural data},
  author={Deborah S. Rogers and Marcus W. Feldman and Paul R. Ehrlich},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={276},
  pages={3835 - 3843}
}
The question as to whether cultures evolve in a manner analogous to that of genetic evolution can be addressed by attempting to reconstruct population histories using cultural data. As others have argued, this can only succeed if cultures are isolated enough to maintain and pass on a central core of traditions that can be modified over time. In this study we used a set of cultural data (canoe design traits from Polynesia) to look for the kinds of patterns and relationships normally found in… 

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