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September 20, 2004

Tear down the patrilocality?

Michael Hammer has two new articles out, summarized in this press release. The skinny is that Hammer is throwing some evidence into the pot that contradicts the finding that females are more likely to be exchanged between groups, as implied in more uniform mtDNA lineages. About 70% of modern human cultures surveyed seem to be patrilocal, but who knows if this held in the days of yore? Common chimpanzees are patrilocal (generally), but matrilocality seems to be more common among most social mammals (Bonobos and lions for example). Here is the abstract in Nature Genetics from one of his papers.

Via Future Pundit (who has more comments at the link).

Related: On Hammer's website there is a quasi-abstract that states: "DNA analysis of a tooth found with imported potttery in Bali offers a strong possibility of the presence of a trader of Indian extraction in the late first millenium BC." Modern historiagraphy has tended to downplay the importance of population movements in diffusing culture, so Indianization of Southeast Asia is mostly seem as one of cultural emulation rather than elite migration. But, as the King of Stonehenge reminds us, prehistoric humans could migrate long distances and transfer their high status from one locale to another.

Posted by razib at 04:38 AM