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Science. 1989 Feb 17;243(4893):901-6.

Finite social space, evolutionary pathways, and reconstructing hominid behavior.

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  • 1University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.


Changes in social behavior were a key aspect of human evolution, and yet it is notoriously difficult for paleobiologists to determine patterns of social evolution. By defining the limited number of distributional strategies available to members of each sex of any species and investigating the conditions under which they may occur and change, the social behavior of different hominid taxa may be reconstructed.

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