Factors influencing cultural complexity

Contrary to previous reports that population size is the main determinant of cultural complexity, a study finds that this hypothesis is based on uncertain assumptions and produces predictions unsubstantiated by archeological and ethnographic evidence, and suggests that further theoretical and experimental research is necessary to distinguish the factors that drive a society’s capacity to invent and preserve cultural traits. - See at PNAS.org

Article #15-20288: “Population size does not explain past changes in cultural complexity,” by Krist Vaesen, Mark Collard, Richard Cosgrove, and Wil Roebroeks.