Population size predicts technological complexity in Oceania.

@article{Kline2010PopulationSP,
  title={Population size predicts technological complexity in Oceania.},
  author={Michelle Ann Kline and Robert Boyd},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={277 1693},
  pages={2559-64}
}
Much human adaptation depends on the gradual accumulation of culturally transmitted knowledge and technology. Recent models of this process predict that large, well-connected populations will have more diverse and complex tool kits than small, isolated populations. While several examples of the loss of technology in small populations are consistent with this prediction, it found no support in two systematic quantitative tests. Both studies were based on data from continental populations in… CONTINUE READING
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