Finite social space, evolutionary pathways, and reconstructing hominid behavior

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Science  17 Feb 1989:
Vol. 243, Issue 4893, pp. 901-906
DOI: 10.1126/science.2493158


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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