The complex structure of hunter-gatherer social networks.

  title={The complex structure of hunter-gatherer social networks.},
  author={Marcus J. Hamilton and Bruce T. Milne and Robert S. Walker and Oskar Burger and James H. Brown},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={274 1622},
In nature, many different types of complex system form hierarchical, self-similar or fractal-like structures that have evolved to maximize internal efficiency. In this paper, we ask whether hunter-gatherer societies show similar structural properties. We use fractal network theory to analyse the statistical structure of 1189 social groups in 339 hunter-gatherer societies from a published compilation of ethnographies. We show that population structure is indeed self-similar or fractal-like with… CONTINUE READING
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