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We attempt to identify the role of inter-individual variation in relational wealth in the dynamics of within-group competition among BaYaka hunter-gatherers.

Competition for Cooperation: variability, benefits and heritability of relational wealth in hunter-gatherers

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High-fat diet made Inuits healthier but shorter thanks to gene mutations

The best experiments are those already going on in nature. The different conditions in which humans have lived for tens of thousands of years have made us adapt and change.

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Research suggests that hunter gatherers were more egalitarian than us, partly because they had fewer relatives around.

Why our ancestors were more gender equal than us

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Scientific Method / Science & Exploration Neolithic culture may have kept most men from mating Y chromosome diversity suggests male reproductive bottleneck...

Neolithic culture may have kept most men from mating

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Early men and women were equal

Study shows that modern hunter-gatherer tribes operate on egalitarian basis, suggesting inequality was an aberration that came with the advent of agriculture.

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The first comprehensive genomic study of Aboriginal Australians reveals that they are indeed the direct descendants of Australia's earliest settlers and diverged from their Papuan neighbours about 37'000 years ago (y.a.).

A genomic history of Aboriginal Australia

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We examine the reported co-occurrence of plant uses between individuals in dyads (which we define as their “shared knowledge” of plant uses) in BaYaka Pygmies from Congo.

Knowledge-Sharing Networks in Hunter-Gatherers and the Evolution of Cumulative Culture

Long before the advent of social media, human social networks were built around sharing a much more essential commodity: food.

Networks of Food Sharing Reveal the Functional Significance of Multilevel Sociality in Two Hunter-Gatherer Groups

Here, we study Mbendjele BaYaka hunter-gatherers of northern Congo and their farmer neighbours to investigate adaptations in inter-temporal preferences in humans.

Future Discounting in Congo Basin Hunter-Gatherers Declines with Socio-Economic Transitions

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Is fish oil good for you?

Depends on your DNA

Did sexual equality fuel the evolution of human cooperation?

Anthropologists Mark Dyble and Andrea Migliano of University College London wondered if human cooperation had less to do with genetics and more to do with sexual equality.

These days, lots of foods come fortified with omega-3 fatty acids because of their supposed health benefits. But not everyone may reap them equally, according to a new study of native Greenlanders.

Neolithic culture may have kept most men from mating

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Characterization of hunter-gatherer networks and implications for cumulative culture

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Cooperation and the evolution of hunter-gatherer storytelling

Here we explore the impact of storytelling on hunter-gatherer cooperative behaviour and the individual-level fitness benefits to being a skilled storyteller.

Genomic analyses inform on migration events during the peopling of Eurasia

Here we present a dataset of 483 high-coverage human genomes from 148 populations worldwide, including 379 new genomes from 125 populations, which we group into diversity and selection sets.

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Here, we study Mbendjele BaYaka hunter-gatherers of northern Congo and their farmer neighbours to investigate adaptations in inter-temporal preferences in humans.

Future Discounting in Congo Basin Hunter-Gatherers Declines with Socio-Economic Transitions

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Depends on your DNA

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