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Human Evolution and the Origins of Hierarchies: The State of Nature (repost)

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Benoît Dubreuil, "Human Evolution and the Origins of Hierarchies: The State of Nature"
2010 | ISBN: 0521769485 | 286 pages | PDF | 4 MB

In this book, Benoît Dubreuil explores the creation and destruction of hierarchies in human evolution. Combining the methods of archeology, anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, and primatology, he offers a natural history of hierarchies from the point of view of both cultural and biological evolution. This volume explains why dominance hierarchies typical of primate societies disappeared in the human lineage and why the emergence of large-scale societies during the Neolithic implied increased social differentiation, the creation of status hierarchies, and, eventually, political centralization.

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