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Unformatted text preview: Harrus recognizes that warfare deaths themselves rarely have significant long-term impact on growth rates Instead, Harris proposes a more complex, indirect link between warfare and population control: • population growth → protein scarcity → need to regulate population • female infanticide → reduced population growth, but also → shortage of women • women shortage → raiding other villages • raiding complex → selective advantage to warlike society → preference for "fierce males" (more men also means more protein) • preference for men → more female infanticide (positive feedback loop) • fierce warriors rewarded thru more wives → polygyny → more warfare (positive feedback again) Thus Harris sees war in pre-state societies as adaptive in such cases (in preventing population from exceeding carrying capacity), but creating a sort of "ecological trap" from which it is hard to escape...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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