Simulating the Evolution of the Human Family: Cooperative Breeding Increases in Harsh Environments

@article{Smaldino2013SimulatingTE,
  title={Simulating the Evolution of the Human Family: Cooperative Breeding Increases in Harsh Environments},
  author={Paul E. Smaldino and Lesley Newson and Jeffrey C. Schank and Peter J. Richerson},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2013},
  volume={8}
}
Verbal and mathematical models that consider the costs and benefits of behavioral strategies have been useful in explaining animal behavior and are often used as the basis of evolutionary explanations of human behavior. In most cases, however, these models do not account for the effects that group structure and cultural traditions within a human population have on the costs and benefits of its members' decisions. Nor do they consider the likelihood that cultural as well as genetic traits will… 

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