Thomas E Currie
Affiliation: University College London
- Political complexity predicts the spread of ethnolinguistic groupsThomas E Currie
Human Evolutionary Ecology Group, Department of Anthropology, University College London, Taviton Street, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:7339-44. 2009..We argue that a process of cultural group selection favoring more complex societies may have been important in shaping the present-day global distribution of language diversity...
- Rise and fall of political complexity in island South-East Asia and the PacificThomas E Currie
Evolutionary Cognitive Science Research Center, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo 153 8902, Japan
Nature 467:801-4. 2010..This suggests that, despite the numerous contingent pathways of human history, there are regularities in cultural evolution that can be detected using computational phylogenetic methods...
- Cultural phylogeography of the Bantu Languages of sub-Saharan AfricaThomas E Currie
Human Evolutionary Ecology Group, Department of Anthropology, University College London, 14 Taviton St, London WC1H 0BW, UK
Proc Biol Sci 280:20130695. 2013..The study shows how a phylogeographic approach can address questions relating to the specific histories of certain groups, as well as general cultural evolutionary processes...
- Analyses do not support the parasite-stress theory of human socialityThomas E Currie
Human Evolutionary Ecology Group, Department of Anthropology, University College London, London WC1H 0BW, United Kingdom
Behav Brain Sci 35:83-5. 2012..Furthermore, even if associations between these variables do exist, the analyses presented here do not provide evidence for Fincher & Thornhill's (F&T's) proposed causal mechanism...
- Mode and tempo in the evolution of socio-political organization: reconciling 'Darwinian' and 'Spencerian' evolutionary approaches in anthropologyThomas E Currie
Evolutionary Cognitive Science Research Centre, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366:1108-17. 2011....
- Is horizontal transmission really a problem for phylogenetic comparative methods? A simulation study using continuous cultural traitsThomas E Currie
Human Evolutionary Ecology Group, Department of Anthropology, University College London, London WC1H 0BW, UK
Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 365:3903-12. 2010..These results suggest that under certain conditions, PCMs can be robust to the effects of horizontal transmission. We discuss ways that future work can investigate the mode and tempo of horizontal transmission of cultural traits...
- Evolution of cultural traits occurs at similar relative rates in different world regionsThomas E Currie
Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall TR10 9EZ, UK Department of Anthropology, University College London, 14 Taviton St, London WC1H 0BH, UK
Proc Biol Sci 281:. 2014..These results suggest that despite contingent historical events and the role of humans as active agents in the historical process, culture does indeed evolve in ways that can be predicted from general principles. ..