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Optimising human community sizes

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We examine community longevity as a function of group size in three historical, small scale agricultural samples. Community sizes of 50, 150 and 500 are disproportionately more common than other sizes; they also have greater longevity. These values mirror the natural layerings in hunter-gatherer societies and contemporary personal networks. In addition, a religious ideology seems to play an important role in allowing larger communities to maintain greater cohesion for longer than a strictly s...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2017.11.001

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Evolution and Human Behavior Journal website
Volume:
39
Issue:
1
Pages:
106-111
Publication date:
2017-11-03
Acceptance date:
2017-11-01
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ISSN:
1090-5138
Pubs id:
pubs:796734
URN:
uri:2a2efedc-8d82-4d54-8f7f-f2bc8c8bb311
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uuid:2a2efedc-8d82-4d54-8f7f-f2bc8c8bb311
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pubs:796734

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