The Human Behavioral Ecology of Foragers

Authored by: Robert L. Kelly

Handbook on Evolution and Society

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781612058146
eBook ISBN: 9781315634203
Adobe ISBN: 9781317258339


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This chapter reviews the use of human behavioral ecology (HBE) in the social sciences. Like evolutionary ecology in biology HBE combines previous ecological and evolutionary approaches. It is used most commonly in the archaeological and ethnological study of hunting and gathering societies but is not limited to that form of human society. This chapter reviews contributions of the paradigm to the study of foraging, mobility, technology, food sharing, territoriality, group size, reproductive ecology, division of labor, and social and political organization.

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