On the shape and fabric of human history.

@article{Gray2010OnTS,
  title={On the shape and fabric of human history.},
  author={Russell D Gray and David Bryant and Simon J. Greenhill},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={365 1559},
  pages={3923-33}
}
In this paper we outline two debates about the nature of human cultural history. The first focuses on the extent to which human history is tree-like (its shape), and the second on the unity of that history (its fabric). Proponents of cultural phylogenetics are often accused of assuming that human history has been both highly tree-like and consisting of… CONTINUE READING

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