Unformatted text preview: don't have what we would recognize as "politically autonomous groups" or military technology; in fact, organized inter-group aggression rare among other species (except social insects), but it has been described for a number of group-living primates (including chimpanzees) and carnivores (wolves, lions, hyenas)] Using above definition, how common is warfare? Data from a cross-cultural sample of 87 societies representative of various geographical regions and types of sociopolitical organization [ see graph ] reveals that : • 61% of societies in this sample engaged in frequent warfare (at least yearly) • 21% engaged in war less often (at least 1/generation) • 18% of societies rarely/never went to war (only 8% of truly autonomous societies) • nearly 40% had high mortality in war (>one third of combatants died)...
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- Anthropology, 8%, 40%, 18%, 21%, 61%