Re: Mitochondrial Eve problems

From: bivalve (
Date: Mon Jan 06 2003 - 18:39:51 EST

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    >The nature of humans weighs against "patrilocality" in my humble
    >estimation. The idea of human females leaving the safety of their
    >tribe and setting off to find adventure and romance strikes me as
    >unlikely. <

    Actually, much patrilocality is within a tribe. If daughters move
    out when they marry, even if it is only down the block, while sons
    inherit the old homeplace and stay there, the mtDNA lineage moves
    around. Marriage is also a longstanding means of making agreements
    between groups. Thus, neighboring tribes are likely to have some
    exchange of females. Rapid long-distance exchange does seem more
    likely to occur through kidnapping than through willing travel, as
    Dick points out, but successive exchanges between neighboring tribes
    will also cross long distances over time.

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