Cultural differentiation does not entail group-level structure: the case for geographically explicit analysis

Robert Malcolm Ross, Quentin Douglas Atkinson

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    Abstract

    Richerson et al. argue that relatively large cultural F[ST] values provide evidence for group structure and therefore scope for group selection. However recent research on spatial patterns of cultural variation demonstrates that as in the genetic case apparent group structure can be a consequence of geographic clines not group barriers. Such a pattern limits the scope for cultural group selection.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere49
    Pages (from-to)37-38
    Number of pages2
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Volume39
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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